Sunday, 9 May 2010

things i have learnt from the election - part 1

I live in a free country, a country where people continually moan about the state of said country.

So why, oh why did we have a 65% turnout for our recent general election?  It is just so abysmal.

I understand there are reasons as to why people cannot vote.

However this year no-one can said they were not aware of what was happening.  There has been blanket coverage and generally a hideous media circus.  Yet 21 million people felt it was a bit too difficult to take 1 hour out of their day to exercise their democratic right. A democratic right for which people have died to give us.

I am sad.

12 comments:

  1. I totally dont understand it either; it took us maybe 5 mins max to go & vote as our polling station was so quiet.

    As you say everyone will still moan about things; even though they didnt actually do anything about it!

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  2. Yup. I hate that people bitch and complain about the current state things are in with the govn but if you ask them if they voted they will tell you know. WTF, mate? You can't complain if you did not vote. You official discounted yourself from any opinion at all

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  3. I think there are a lot of reasons why people decide not to vote -- it's only to simplistic to assume they don't want to find time or they are unaware of the vote. Most of the time, there is ONE reason only that keeps them away from the booth... and this reason is, they don't find ANY alternative to be convincing. People who care about voting turnouts should pressure their favourite politicians to be more clear, accountable, reliable and ultimately a better person rather than spewing propaganda from all pores. Then, maybe, people like me can get back voting.

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  4. Voting is compulsory in Australia, which I very much like. People can abstain, but they have to go all the way to a polling station and into the booth to do so.

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  5. Canada has about the same voting rate. And what really gets me is that (in Canada) youth are the LOWEST group to vote. Depending on the poll/group, youth may typically be defined as either under 25 or under 30.

    Now, as I'm 28, I don't always fit into the "youth" category. However, I have voted in every municipal, provincial and national election since turning 18. I was indignant when we had a federal election ten days before my eighteenth birthday!

    And I'm consistently floored by people (friends/colleagues) who don't vote. THey say it won't make a difference. (And frankly in our provincial and federal ridings, it won't make a difference.) I always say that with that attitude, it certainly won't.

    I firmly believe that if you can't make the effort to vote, you have no right to complain about taxes or any faucet of life that is relevant to the government. You don't like healthcare/NHS? You didn't vote? Then too damned bad. Next time put a little effort. If you don't like anyone, at least show and spoil or reject your ballot. A riding with a high proportion of spoiled ballots or abstentions or reject ballots does send a msg to politicians regarding the selections.

    Great post!

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  6. My favourite response from people who don't vote is: 'why should I bother, it doesn't affect me'. Niether true and an appalling reason anyway - what about other people - do we live in a selfish world?
    * I am a little boring about politics - in fact spent all Friday night trying to 'educate' a stranger in the pub with the most frightening, and not that unheard of, views!*

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  7. Took all of 2 minutes for us. It is staggering that people were queuing to vote in some places and had to be turned away and yet we still only had a 65% turn out. Terrified to think what negotiations might be underway.

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  8. I think the last presidential election (in the US) was the first time I can remember people really, really caring. Enough to stand in line for hours, if need be. I was told my name wasn't registered in my county (a bunch of hogwash, and I knew it) and I actually cried at the polling station.

    I'm hoping that here in the US, we don't forget the power our votes hold and how *important* it felt, that day, to make our voices heard... even though this isn't a pres. election year doesn't mean we should give up caring! :P

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  9. In the U.S. the polling turnout is a whole lot less than 65%. I just don't get it either.

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  10. It barely took me 5 minutes to vote, and that was in a busy polling station. I would love to see voting being made compulsory. Of the 10 or so people I know who didn't vote, only one had a legitimate (and last-minute) reason.

    I also think teenagers should be better educated in school about voting and the system.

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  11. I like that in Australia voting is compuolsory.
    I think its sad that in some countries people are fighting and dying for the right to vote, yet in places where it is their right they are too lazy

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  12. What shocked me is that 65% is a higher than normal rate!
    However, most of the people I know who didn't vote did it because they felt the system is flawed or, most often, that they didn't feel that any party really represented them. Which is sad and of course - counter productive.

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So, I really love all the sweet and/or informative comments that you lovelies leave. Yet if you feel the need to be unnecessarily rude or offensive I will delete your comment and not feel bad about it. So just be constructive alright! Hugs to all you wondrous others.

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