A Message to B.C. Voters

Do you like to complain about politics? Do you like to talk about the lies and disappointments brought on by our politicians? Do you live in British Columbia? Then you need to vote today. (If you are allowed to do so, obviously.)

If you vote, you can complain about how the winning party – who you didn’t vote for – isn’t doing a good job for the next few years.

If you vote, you can complain about how the winning party – who you did vote for – isn’t living up to their promises over the next few years.

If you don’t vote, you are throwing away your voice. An election is a legitimate time to make your opinions heard. At a party eight months later, saying, “I don’t vote because, blah, blah, blah, it’s hard.” Not legitimate and I will have no sympathy for you.

In all seriousness, those in my age demographic don’t vote enough and I don’t know why. I think many people take the ability to vote for granted and that is a grave mistake.

Follow the news for a few weeks. Over and over through history, including right this minute, people have fought and died for the right to drop that ballot in a box. Some of those people fought so that you can have that right. I am reminded of this even more as a woman because my right to vote does not date back as far as a man’s. Because I am a woman. I can vote today because women before me fought long and hard for that privilege. I choose to respect their sacrifices by using that privilege. This site has a great timeline of when various rights were achieved in Canada. Some of them are shockingly recent.

No, our system isn’t perfect and democracy doesn’t always work the way it should. But you know how you change and better things? You get involved in them. Today is your chance.

Any information you need to know about voting in today’s election can be found here, at the Elections B.C. website. If you aren’t a registered voter yet, go to the website, find out where your electoral station is and register to vote on the spot.

Side note: a common problem I heard about when I was in university was young people becoming disenfranchised. They would live in one city, going to school, but have a permanent address elsewhere. That made it difficult to vote in the place they actually lived and sometimes it was difficult to prove that they lived in their university town. If this describes your situation, find a friend, classmate, roommate, anybody who is already a registered voter. They are allowed to vouch for you at the station and you will be able to vote. I’ve done this for someone before and it’s super easy. There are no excuses.

Unless you’re a citizen of another country. Then, please carry on and enjoy your Tuesday.

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