OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Friday, May 9

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QUESTION: If you're over 18, a Canadian citizen, have a permanent address (aka your home address), and are an Ontario resident, then why would you NOT want to vote in the upcoming provincial election? 

I'm trying to find ways to improve student voting for the provincial election! I'd like to know the reasons why you choose not to vote. Thanks!

32 comments

  1. Because every system is power-hungry. However, I don't sit and complain about it, I fully accept how it is. Call it political apathy, but it is the reality.

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  2. I don't because I think that we can only vote in our home riding (which, for me, is three hours away). I'm not sure if that's correct but that's why I haven't been voting.

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    1. You can register to vote in the riding where you're living for school.
      http://www.elections.on.ca/en-ca

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  3. don't know enough politics to vote, don't care enough to find out

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    1. Took the words right out of my mouth. I don't know enough to make an informed decision.

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    2. Don't be lazy. Make at least a minimum effort to educate yourself and then vote based on what you know.

      Otherwise, you might as well have a benevolent dictatorship.

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    3. Find an issue that you care about most, such as your university education, check out what each party has to say and pick which one you prefer.

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    4. you should care. Provincial governmnet has a lot to do and directly affects tuition fees, OSAP loans, grants, rebates and youth unemployment

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  4. Not educated enough, too much effort to evaluate the parties on platforms, ability to deliver, and credibility, and most importantly, none of them actually align with my political views. I consider myself mostly conservative but apparently all my social and environmental views make me an "NDP". Hard to vote when your identity is not represented.

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    1. I'm in a similar boat, but this is a poor reason not to vote. If your views aren't accurately represented by any one party or candidate, you still have a reason to vote, because one of them will be closer to what you'd want. My philosophies tend Liberal, but in this election, I'm very torn because I agree with all four major parties about the same amount on the major issues.

      If I go and vote, then I will pick the issues that matter the most to me and cast a vote based on that. It might be a hard choice, but I still expect to find that in the end, there is a party/candidate combination which I prefer to any other. And I'd still rather them get elected, even if only a little bit.

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    2. Agree with 4a- not a good reason. Nobody agrees 100% with what a party proposes. Unfortunately the reality is that it's just picking the best of the options

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  5. If I'm moving to California at the end of my degree why would I care about Ontario politics?

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    1. I should add that I wouldn't care too much about California politics, but that's because American politics manages to be far worse than our own system.

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    2. I suppose you're not planning on coming back ever?

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  6. 1. I don't care. Don't have enough effort to care (Yes, I know all the reasons why I should. I used to be involved in student politics too. Right now care/need to vote is just not immediate to me.)

    2. I find the people from our school that promotes politics and this sort of thing extremely annoying. (A handful in AFM)

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  7. Spoiling my ballot because I don't agree with any of the parties or leaders.

    I'll vote properly in the federal election.

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  8. I am an engaged voter. I follow debates and research platforms. And I can say I honestly have no idea who to vote for this time. I am not impressed or convinced by any of them.

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  9. Because I don't believe democracy is an effective system.

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    1. What would be better? Even if it isn't an effective system in your opinion, you are still a part of it.

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    2. Democracy is ineffective, or our voting system is ineffective? Or our politicians are ineffective?

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  10. I vote, but only because it has been ingrained in my head by my parents that I should do so. When it comes down to it, I don't feel that any candidates for prime minister/premier/mayor are equipped to manage an entire country/province/riding. Nobody represents me the way I feel that I should be represented and I see far too many good people and necessary workers getting screwed over. If my parents were not so political, I would not vote.

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  11. Most students have probably been turned away from politics by Gr.10 civics

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  12. Because it literally doesn't matter. All parties will do the same thing once they are in power (which is try to make money).

    They build a platform based on lies; do they ever do what they said they would? Being a politician is a job like any other, and politics is their business. No party cares about the people, they care about the people's money, so why should I give a fuck about a system that doesn't give a fuck about me?

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    1. True. Some of them claim that the deal fell through or there wasn't enough support for the cause and blah blah blah to make the voters think they tried. Bunch of phonies.

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  13. If you vote only because you think it is important to vote, and you don't actually know what/who you are voting for, then don't. Voting is for people who actually know why they vote, and read up on the different candidates.

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  14. Because the choice is between a big douche and a turd sandwich.

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  15. Mostly because none of the political parties share my views exactly, and I'm not sure if I'd rather give up jobs or accessible public transit....etc
    That and it's a pain to have to go to my home riding to vote...and that link 2a gave is just confusing me even more...maybe the drive home might be easier...

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  16. Because I want to see just how low we can get our voter turnout rates before it all falls apart.

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  17. Because it's too much investment to make a truly informed decision.

    Honestly whoever wins will do a decent enough job. Life will keep going, some people will be happy, some people will be unhappy, money will come in, money will go out, kids will grow up, marry, die.

    Plenty of other stuff to focus on.

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  18. First time I get to vote :D But I haven't been following campaign stuff, so...don't know if I'm gonna vote or not. We'll see when the time comes.

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