Why Should I Vote?
“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.” - Margaret Atwood
"If you're between the age of 18 and 25 and you want to scare the hell out of the people who run this country, this time around do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day and do what young people all around the world are dying to do: Vote." - Rick Mercer
“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
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” - Larry J. Sabato
“That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything” - Lou Henry Hoover
“Research shows that voting habits are formed early in life. If young people don't vote now, there is good reason to believe that they will be less likely to become active voters later on.” - Mark Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada
Only 44% of persons aged 18-29 see voting as a duty.
Research suggests that although historically young people represent the demographic that is least likely to vote and are less aware of what is going on in the political universe around them, they have the capacity to become the most engaged portion of the electorate.