“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” –Abraham Lincoln
This is an accurate (all be it slightly sarcastic) quote by good old Abe, and there are a lot of people with blisters running around because less than 60% of eligible voters voted in the Canadian Federal election in 2008 and US presidential elections in 2012. Ouch!
Now, this article isn’t meant to be political nor support any political party or platform, but if you have any concerns about the future of your local dwelling you should consider exercising your right to vote (if you are eligible).
It’s easy to complain about the direction your city, province, state and country is being lead and who is leading them. There are many complicated issues society faces and rarely simple solutions, which often leaves us feeling frustrated, divided and occasionally just plain apathetic. But it’s important to remember that you can have an impact and there are many things you can do to get involved and make a difference. For starters, you can vote!
Here are a few more reasons why you should vote this year (and every other year):
It is a privilege. We haven’t always had the right to vote. Thanks to a few gutsy freedom fighters we have been given the privilege of being heard. But not everyone shares this privilege around the world and there are still countries today that disregard the voice of their people.
Voting creates change. Through voting in officials championing civil rights and environmental awareness we have truly made a positive difference in our lives and the world we live.
Each vote counts. Believe it or not, there are people out there with contradicting beliefs to you who are ready and eager to vote. It’s important to make your voice and opinions heard by voting for what you believe in.
The Rush Factor. The sense of power you get from voting is quite the rush. And it’s free!
It’s quick! It takes no time at all to register online (See the links below to get started).
Right now the elections in Canada are rapidly approaching and the race for the US 2016 elections are beginning to heat-up. This is also at a time when millions of refugees risking (and giving) their lives for a better way of life, searching for a place where they can have a voice. Remember that you do have a voice. That voice is your vote, and when you live in a place that wants to hear your voice, then you should let them hear it.
Avoid the agony of blisters and make a decision that could help change your future for the better. Go vote! There has never been a better time.
Follow these links on how to register to vote in both the Canada and the US: