It’s really as simple as that. I have been disgusted by the political climate on more than one occasion, so much so that I have not bothered voting when an election came ‘round. Now, I see that abstaining my vote does absolutely nothing.
I don’t religiously follow politics like some do, but I like to think I’m a little more literate than how the average citizen is portrayed by politicians and the media. I pay attention to what politicians say, and watch as their actions often contradict their words.
By choosing to stay home on election day, I’m basically saying that I am fine with whatever result occurs. A scary prospect when you really think about it, and made all the scarier when less than 60% of eligible voters didn’t vote in the last federal election. And this year, we are at risk of seeing an even lower voter turnout.
Well, I’m voting. And you should, too. If you’re disgusted with all of the candidates and don’t believe a single one of them is worth voting for, that’s fine. Go vote anyway. You can still let your voice be heard by casting a rejected ballot. That will certainly get your opinion across more effectively than sitting on your hands and doing nothing. Nearly 100,000 rejected ballots were cast in the last federal election, and an even higher number could do well to send a message to Ottawa, if that’s how you feel. So long as you’re not defacing your ballot and simply casting ballot either blank or with more than one “X”, it’ll be counted as a rejected ballot.
I have a candidate I’ll be voting for, but if I didn’t I’d still go out and vote with a rejected ballot, because that sends a louder message than abstaining.
The political parties thrive on appealing to their bases, and not having to worry what independent voters think. They might have to compromise or co-operate with one another if that was the case. Heck, the Harper Government seems to prefer not cooperating with the other parties, by implementing wedge politics and whipping up their base into a slather—and the other parties seem all too comfortable in playing that game. Is that how you want your government to behave?