Thanks or Reject | Montreal Magazine

Billions of people around the world will do their best to be where we are and have the fundamental right to vote.

We can argue endlessly about what kind of system is best for our democracy. We can also discuss the importance, costs, or feasibility of each party’s programs. We can even question the power available to elected officials.

But for all these discussions to take place freely, you have to maintain a democracy, and to maintain a democratic system, you have to go and vote.

Bad reasons

Some give all sorts of bad reasons not to go vote.

They think their vote won’t change anything. False: He can at least provide the party they are voting for with money after the election.

Others rely on opinion polls and think the chips are down. This is another mistake. With all due respect to opinion polls, you could be wrong. Especially when many serious parties are fighting against each other.

useful

High participation has a beneficial effect on elected officials and citizens. Elected officials feel supported by a larger portion of the population, so they are more resistant to pressure groups. They also feel more scrutinized by citizens, which encourages them to better represent them.

Many enemies of democracies try to dissuade citizens from voting.

In the United States, Brazil and elsewhere, some people try to pretend that the electoral system is corrupt, and that election results may be rigged. In fact, this kind of situation happens in banana republics and scams are usually very obvious.

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For example, it is clear that elections in China were rigged or referendums on the annexation of Ukrainian lands to Russia were rigged. Those who claim otherwise are agents of dictatorships or helpful idiots.

In Quebec, elections are mostly fair and honest. Laws prevent fiscal authorities from influencing voting too much, counties are determined by fairly neutral authorities and it is difficult to restrict citizens’ voting rights.

in our name

One last reason should encourage us to go and vote. Most of our elected officials work very hard. They vet bills, help their constituents when they have problems with the bureaucracy, help community organizations, support towns and villages, support businesses, solve local problems, represent the government, etc. In addition to these functions, there are about thirty elected officials at the head of the ministries. In short, they rule on our behalf so that we can do our business.

The least of all is that from time to time we would vote for them, that is, to thank them for their good work … or to fire them.

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About the Author: Hermínio Guimarães

"Introvertido premiado. Viciado em mídia social sutilmente charmoso. Praticante de zumbis. Aficionado por música irritantemente humilde."

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