This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Voter Turnout In Canada Essay

1815 words - 8 pages

Voting constitutes the backbone of Democracy

Voter Turnouts in Canada: Restoring a Civic Duty

Grant Macewan University
December 6th 2011
Political Science 101
Term Paper
In a democratic system it is vital that citizens engage in their civic duty of voting; only then can a proper governing body be chosen to represent the will of the majority. Abraham Lincoln got to the core of democracy when he stated, “the government of the people, by the people and for the people.” In the last 50 years of Canadian history we have begun to see a decline in voter turnout; ranging from 80% of citizens voting in 1962, gradually dwindling to 59.1% in the year 2008 (Dickerson, Flanagan & O'Neill, ...view middle of the document...

The engagement of citizens in the voting process aged 18-37 has been lingering under 50%, while those aged 38-68 plus years have voting representation of over 50% (Blais, 2008). Although there is without a doubt a decline in the voting habits of the younger generation, we have no clear reason for this trend; we only know for certain that less and less young voters are exercising this civic duty. There are many theories regarding why the voter turnout is in decline. One is political alienation; feeling estranged from, or cynical towards the political process. This is driven by the belief that individual voters don’t make much of a difference to the political outcome. This belief is dangerous to a democracy, for its foundation is based upon the will of the people, which cannot be achieved to its fullest capacity if many voters believe their individual representation to be inadequate (Dickerson, Flanagan & O'Neill, 2010). Many believe that the newer generations aren’t taught a correct sense of civic duty, unlike those generations born in times of war when patriotism and serving your governing country were of utmost importance.

There are a wide variety of factors that influence the voting behaviour of Canadians. Socio-demographic characteristics of voting, which include region, religion, ethnicity, gender, and community type (rural and urban) are commonly used by many voters in making an electoral decision (Dickerson, Flanagan & O'Neill, 2010). The belief is that the more commonalities shared between a voter and a member of parliament equates to a voter being better represented by their choice of leader (Cutler, 2002). Contrary to this belief, many agree that relying on socio-demographic cues in choosing a constituent displays a lack of knowledge, and is used as a last resort for the ill-informed (Berelson, Bernard, Lazarsfeld & Mcphee, 1954). Partisanship and party loyalties play a significant role in the electoral process; this is especially prevalent along the East coast where the dwindling Liberal party clings to its last standing majorities in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia (Heard, 2011). One of the greatest factors in deciding which Member of Parliament many voters will trust with representing them is the level of confidence they have in the political leader. Confidence is the greatest of all voter assets for it requires knowledge of the leader’s platform, and the platform of the opposition.

Political scientists have made tremendous efforts in discovering what factors influence the voting turnouts. Irrefutably within any country, older citizens and those with higher education and income are more likely to participate in elections; this possibly explains the partisanship, a method of the “ill-informed,” displayed along the east coast, for the educational requirements attributed to these provinces are less than the Canadian national average (Garnier , 2006). When an election has closely...

Other Papers Like Voter Turnout in Canada

Should The Voting Age Be Lowered To 16?

1060 words - 5 pages everyone has the responsibility to actively participate in society. Thus, the problem of declining voter participation is an extremely serious one indeed. People are trying to come up with various solutions for this problem but the most debatable resolution is whether the voting age be lowered from eighteen to sixteen. What would persuade the government to lower the voting age to an even lower one than the young adults age of eighteen? On the other

Politics Essay

2413 words - 10 pages the internet and social media | * Too many votes = voter fatigue – may hinder legitimacy and turnout | * May get people more involved in the political processes | * Tabloid may reduce the rational arguments and lead to emotional appeals | Stengths of UK democracy: Political institutions | Political processes | Political participation | * Strong representation of individuals and constituencies by MPs | * Elecetions are

The Youth of Today

1174 words - 5 pages often larger declines, than the items about attitudes. They then mention the high voter turnout of Millennials. However, Millennial youth voter turnout isn’t much different than GenX voter turnout. For example, among those 18-29, voter turnout was 23% in 2002, 26% in 2006, and 24% in 2010. The Pew study found that the youth turnout in 2009 and 2010 was low not just in absolute terms but relative to older voters. Thus I did not make the mistake

Election Day

1066 words - 5 pages It’s Election Day! (Does Anyone Really Care?) John F. Kennedy once said that “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” When I ran across this quote I realized that today is Election Day in Massachusetts and many local voters were heading to the polls to select new leadership. Now it’s a known fact that local voter turnout is never very high. We see more middle-aged citizens and the elderly turning out

The Importance Of Voting

1135 words - 5 pages to offer them some assistance with achieving this privilege. The following are reasons why it is important to vote in any election as long as one is alive and kicking: 1. First of all, voting is your right; use it: Voting is the chance to contribute to the political process, and the framework was made to work best when everybody partakes. Along these lines, utilizing your entitlement to vote is not only an expansion to the voter turnout

Online Voting

923 words - 4 pages decreased across the Western world — and almost exclusively in younger generations. The decline isn’t fully understood and is usually attributed to a range of reasons — from being “too busy” to vote, through to the enshrinement of television — and as yet, no one has found a direct solution to voter apathy. Increasing accessibility through internet voting would be a very good start, though. You would immediately see an increase in turnout from those who

Gvpt 280 Quiz 1

842 words - 4 pages there is figure 3.1 on page 93, which is comparing voter turnout. Mexico has a higher voter turnout percentage than the United states. so clearly Mexican citizen are participating more in their government, so why is not a flourishing democracy like the U.S.? More than like due to the influence of the drug cartel that have over ran the country. Iran is also consider a liberal democracy by McCormick, he also refers to them as a Islamic state. As an

Electoral Dysfunction

1096 words - 5 pages searches for the Electoral College, system in which the Unites States voting works. He further investigates the voter ID and voter fraud. After, he discusses voter fraud and American's perceptions of the need or no need of photo ID's at the polls. The case of a past lawbreaker who was sentenced to ten years in prison for the crime of voting comes upfront. The documentary searches other up in the air issues in the American voting system. That

Asses the Arguments in Favour of the Greater Use of Direct Democracy in the Uk (25)

581 words - 3 pages Democracy is defined as the government of the people, by the people and for the people. In a democracy people have influence over or access to decision making and everyone must be treated equally. Direct democracy is a system in which every voter can take part in reaching a decision. The most obvious modern version is referendum where people vote “yes” or “no” to a specific question. Switzerland holds referendum at least three times a year to

The Electoral College System

550 words - 3 pages electoral votes in accordance with their popular vote percentages. This way, a candidate who comes in second place in a state with 45% of the popular vote would receive 45% of the electoral votes from that state, instead of 0%. This system would greatly increase voter turnout and the representation of all parties in a state. It would also encourage candidates to campaign in all states rather than just those that are competitive (

Analyzing Barack’s Obama Campaigning for President 2012

3880 words - 16 pages data based on phone calls, home visits, and event attendance. Through Twitter and Facebook, it created a comprehensive data base with detailed voter profiles, which it could use to turnout people for events or from whom they could raise money. In contrast, the Romney organization did not have a lot of time to build its own digital campaign. After a bruising primary campaign that went well through the Spring, the GOP nominee out-sourced its

Related Essays

Low Voter Turnout In The United States

1491 words - 6 pages Throughout American history, there has been a steady decline in voter turnout. Not only has this been "humiliating" for the United States, low voter turnout has been and always will be a threat to American Democracy. The concept of democracy is dependent on citizens actively participating in elections and voting to select representatives for public office. The government cannot be representative of the people, unless the people elect its

Mandatory Voting As A Result Of Lower Voter Turnout Rate

1255 words - 6 pages Mandatory Voting as a Response to Declining Voter Turnout In many parts of the world, the act of voting is seen as an act that empowers citizens and an act that gives them a voice. However, with the decline of voter turnout, this voice seems to be coming from a select few, leaving political scientists wondering about the remaining of the population. In response to this situation, many have suggested making the act of voting, a mandatory one

Voter Turnout Essay

1414 words - 6 pages PS 302 September 22, 2008 Paper # 1 Low Voter Turnout in the United States Throughout American history, there has been a steady decline in voter turnout. Not only has this been “humiliating” for the United States, low voter turnout has been and always will be a threat to American Democracy. The concept of democracy is dependent on citizens actively participating in elections and voting to select representatives for public office. The

Congress Approval Essay

711 words - 3 pages their ideas, how they handle the different situations we are in, or how they run our country. The amount of dissatisfaction with the government stems from the fact that there are officials in congress who are appointed versus being elected, public opinion is not being surveyed enough, and also, voter turnout also has depreciated significantly due to these things. According to You Can’t Vote Everyone in Congress Out. So, What Can You Do, 60