The young vote matters

The young vote matters

Dear Editor,

Re: From the chair: Why it is important to vote (Sept. 28, 2015)

I hope that younger voters will take to heart Andrew Gower’s thoughtful piece on the necessity of voting in a democracy. Your votes could have made all the difference in determining outcomes in the last federal election, and most certainly will do so in this one.

Young voters who feel alienated from the political process can’t be blamed. Without a doubt, our system is broken. However, you hold much more power than you might imagine.

If each young voter goes to the polls and supports a party that promises meaningful electoral reform by 2019, you’ll have a much better chance of being heard on your priority issues in the future. So please, don’t just vote – vote in favour of proportional representation, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. It’s your right to take a hand in shaping our democracy. I, for one, think that you’ll do a better job than your predecessors.

Marusha Taylor

Courtenay

 

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