Voter apathy was unfortunately alive and well at the last election, It is essential that we do not once again allow the non voters to decide this year’s election. For the left to have a good chance of winning this time around the 800,000 non voters at the last election need to be motivated to vote this time. For this country to have a fair representation of what we really want, all of us, not just some of us, need to vote. It is one hour, one day, every three years. It is the one time when the shop worker or the stop/go man has the exact same power as a large company CEO, it is the time when you having your say really does count.
Why is there so much apathy in this country? Is it that our workers are just exhausted after slogging away all week and have no time or energy for politics, or that our 18 to 24 year olds are not taught in schools about the value and history of their vote or how MMP actually works, so they have little or no knowledge of how to use it. Could it be that the Government repeatedly ignoring referendum and choosing to not listen to it’s citizens increases the perception of there being little or no point in voting as nothing will change?
The truth is that National voters will ALWAYS vote, they always do, they are motivated to protect what they have from a perceived threat from the left that their lifestyle will be lost, when in fact middle and lower income earners whether left or right leaning are equally enslaved to the wealthy corporates and bankers. The apathy mainly comes from the left I believe, If we can motivate and encourage even half of the 800,000 to vote this time, then the left will have a damn good chance of winning. Talk to your neighbours talk to your workmates, encourage them to vote, educate them, if we want change then we have to be the change. We the people have the power, do not be fooled into thinking we don’t.
People throughout history fought and died for your right to vote, and still to this day people fight and die to have this right, so to choose not to vote is at the very least disrespectful to their memory. So grab your family and friends, make a day of it do your bit for your country and VOTE. It is one hour of your time, use it wisely and make a difference. We may not have the perfect system but it is the only one we have right now, so pick your party and make sure you vote.