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No more excuses — vote!

They say if you don’t vote you can’t complain, but that’s never stopped young people before. So start your bitching now, you pathetic whiners – we all know you’re not going to bother to take 10 minutes out of your busy, self-absorbed lives on Nov. 19 to vote in our municipal elections.

Oh, you’ll have your reasons for not voting. "It doesn’t matter who we vote for," you’ll simper, "because nothing will change." Wahhh!

Or maybe you think you’re unqualified because you don’t know the issues inside and out, and don’t trust yourself to make what is, after all, a really simple decision. If you spent as much time paying attention to the news each day as you spend picking lower back tattoos and carefully angling your hats in the mirror, this would be a piece of cake.

But angst and qualifications aside, we all know the reason young people don’t vote is that you’re too f-ing lazy, too f-ing cool, or too f-ing wrapped up in your own little lives to take much of an interest in the world around you. If only you could vote by cell phone.

The thing you’re missing is that this is your life and your town, if only for a little while – so why won’t you take a few minutes out of one day to try and make things a little better? The mountains close early, and it’s too cold and wet to spend the day at the beach, so don’t tell me you have anything better to do.

Apathy is too sophisticated a word for you bottom feeders. People are dying around the world just to get that one vote you’re too lazy to cast, you ingrates, you leeches on the ass of democracy.

Enough young voters could turn the tide in elections. The B.C. Green Party would have a few candidates in the legislature by now if young people had the courage to vote their convictions. The power brokers in Ottawa might actually care about issues affecting young people for a change if they were worried you were paying attention to what they were doing, and might decide to vote your consciences for a change.

South of the border, George W. Bush would probably be history and the Americans would have a viable third political party if even a fraction of all people aged 18 to 30 bothered to cast ballots in 2000 and 2004.

But noooo, young people always seem to find something better to do.

Every election it’s the same thing.

The election observers wring their hands and wonder, once again, why young people are staying away from the polls. One common rationale they come up with is that young people feel disengaged from the process, that governments don’t really care about young people, that all politicians are somehow corrupt, and it doesn’t matter who you vote for because it isn’t going to make any difference.

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