Because then it is only those that are passionate about the election or have plenty of time on their hands that will vote.
Several people wont vote because:
* they are confident that the person they would vote for will win easily, so they needn't bother, or
* they think the person they would vote for doesn't have a chance, so why bother, or
* they are two busy with other concerns that the election doesn't seem a high priority, or
* their situation (job, transport, health, family commitments, etc) makes travelling to a polling booth a huge inconvenience and not worth the trouble.
The election will be at great risk of being skewed by someone campaigning hard and drumming up a small group of supporters to go to the polls when the majority just dont bother - and then are surprised that the upstart got in.
I finished in 99, and no one taught me about how to vote while I was in school.
I think there should definitely be more education on voting, and information on candidates and policy should be readily accessible. Kirst33 mentioned a booklet sent out prior in the states? I'd love to see that here.
And dammit, those that don't care, you should! You really, really should! The next election is sooo important. If the liberals get in, we stand to lose so much and it WILL affect us all! /ranty tanty over
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