Voting Is A Staple Of Our Society

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Prior to the elections of Canada in 2015, I was conversing with a friend of mine apropos the arising issues that might affect us as Canadian citizens. My friend was telling me how she was distraught by Prime minster Harper’s policies and ideals. I explained to her how she can take a stance through the upcoming elections but she disagreed and explained to me how she thinks her voice will not make a difference. She went on a rant expressing how many of her friends do not believe in voting. The issue here is that if everyone came up with an excuse to justify not voting, we as citizens will not be represented fairly and will not be able to convey our demands. In a Democratic society such as Canada, the right to vote is considered a staple of our society. Voting is a central pillar of democracy. Thus, aside from taxation and jury duty, voting must become a mandatory civic duty to every capable citizen. Compulsory voting gives us a high degree of political legitimacy, bestows a more stable well represented government, and it prevents the disenfranchisement of the socially disadvantaged. Through mandatory voting we become active citizens influencing our government to act upon our society’s values, morals and common good. As Canadian citizens we are entitled to our rights and freedoms however, certain ’civic duties’ exist that every member of our democratic society must uphold. Among these, voting is probably the most crucial to the successful operation of a democratic society.

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