I think I’m suffering a hangover but I didn’t touch a drop of alcohol.
It was voting day yesterday and we showed up at our local hall to exercise our freedom to do just that. I literally stood in the booth debating which way to go, do I tick off my party or tick off the party who had a slightly better chance of beating the existing government. Then I remembered where I lived….I knew right then it really doesn’t matter… just vote for the party I believe in, at least I can stay true to myself.
The plug your nose and vote thing doesn’t work for me, throwing my vote doesn’t inspire me and always being on the losing team is even less exciting. Voting just isn’t very fun! Sure I’m grateful for my right to vote but I still feel deflated.
So here is where my thinking is today:
* My party has to get out there and make their voices heard. They need better public relations skills and frankly speak louder not just on one issue but on their full platform.
* The candidates have to get us apathetic voters more engaged. Use technology, show up where the masses hang out and not just at election time. Stop talking about the same stuff, I get bored easily I need more information. Don’t be negative, it just doesn’t go over well in a society where “everyone is a winner” (even though they are not) and where bullying is a big “no no!”
Besides people like me who are just sick of knowing the end of the story before it begins, there are all those out there who have been raised to focus on themselves. No connection to the past, too busy to focus fully on the present and are quite willing to leave it up to others to dictate how the future will be.
I think young people don’t vote because the candidates did not produce a decent video game or failed to ask to be their friends on various social networking sites. Think about it twenty somethings might as well be more like teenagers, the only difference between the twenty – thirty range is they have a job. (or most of them do, some still have their parents flipping the bill)
So, if you want to get more voters next time join the social networking world…let people vote via their laptop or text in. If it works for American/Canadian Idol it should work for Provincial elections!