There are many reasons young people are not engaged in the voting process, five of which are topics that are not addressed, and the sixth using alternative methods for voting. “In the 2011 general election, 38.8% of electors aged 18 – 24 voted,” (Barnes, Virgint, 2013). There are several reasons why youth are not engaged in politics within Canada. These reasons stem from two themes, one is political leaders, and parties do not address important to youth, the second is the voting method needs to be updated for to be engaged in the 21st century.
Issues they need to be addressed by political parties in Canada that are important to youth are; Housing that is affordable through rental properties as well as owning a home, educational costs, social inequality such as pay from employers to youth or sexual harassment in the workplace, unpaid internships, and action taken to better the environment not just talk. These are issues that concern the youth which are rarely taken into consideration, and so are youth are becoming apathetic to engaging in our democratic voting process.
Changing our voting method would also improve voter turnout for youth. “5% of the youngest age groups voted using alternative methods,” (Elections Canada, 2014) in 2011. If we can develop a web application, or web platform that is secure, and credible for a voter system, this would allow more individuals such as seniors, and those with disabilities, as well as the youth to get involved in the voting process. Bow Tie Kreative can create this system, and collectively increase voter turnout, giving voice to a percentage of Canadians, that haven’t been heard before. Bringing voting into the 21st century. Let’s give a voice to the future of this great country, our youth. Bow Tie Kreative – Collectively rewriting history from the Cloud.
Barnes, A., & Virgint, E. (2013, August 9). Current Publications: Social affairs and population. Retrieved September 25, 2015, from http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2010-19-e.htm#a6
Estimation of Voter Turnout by Age Group and Gender at the 2011 Federal General Election. (2014, June 13). Retrieved September 25, 2015, from http://www.elections.ca