Monday, October 19, 2015

Gratitude Monday -- Election Edition

Today is the federal election and that means we get to vote.
It also means we get to not vote with impunity.
I am grateful for both.
I am happy I live in a land that has free and democratic elections. We have several parties to chose from and we get to mark out ballot in secret with no one telling us where the X goes.
It's what brave men and women fought and died for.
Equally important is the freedom to not vote without fear of reprisals. It is also what those brave men and women fought and died for.
It galls me no end that so many people exercise their right to not vote. If everyone voted I suspect many of our elections would have a far different outcome.
Who you vote for is your business, and if you chose not to vote that's your business, too.
But please, non-voters, keep in mind that someone in your constituency is voting right now for someone you don't like.
Why not reply in kind?


messymimi said...

We vote this next Saturday, and i agree with you. It's their right not to, but it upsets me because they are letting others decide their fate, then complaining, among other reasons.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye, if you don't wish to vote, don't whine about the result.
Good luck with your upcoming election.

solarity said...

As one who votes two weeks from tomorrow, I say Aye.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Happy voting, Mary Anne.

Hilary said...

I suspect more people than usual are voting in this election. At least I hope so. But yes, I'm very grateful for this right also.

Leah J. Utas said...

I suspect that, too, Hilary.

solarity said...

And happy voting to you all!

Mary Anne in Kentucky, a devoted voter

Tony McGurk said...

Here in Australia voting is compulsory & if you don't vote you get a "Failure to vote" letter. You can send in the money for the $25 fine or write your reason for not voting. If they accept your reason as valid you are off the hook fine free. If they don't accept your reason you have to pay the fine or you'll end up in court

Tony McGurk said...

P.S. Love your Blog's Title. Very original