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42 reasons to vote in #elxn42

Why are you voting in this year’s federal election? Here’s what you tweeted at @MacleansMag using the hashtag #WhyIVote


 
A voter enters a polling station for the Federal Election in Toronto, May 2, 2011. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

A voter enters a polling station for the Federal Election in Toronto, May 2, 2011. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Wab Kinew has voted in every election since he turned 18. Last weekend, the author and associate vice-president of indigenous affairs at the University of Winnipeg was one of approximately 3.6 million Canadians who cast a ballot at an advanced poll. Why does he vote? “Every time I cast a ballot I think of the older generation in my community which was denied the right to vote until 1960 and it makes the action all the more significant,” he tells Maclean’s. “Voting is perhaps the most foundational of all our democratic rights. Exercising those rights so that we can safeguard them for the future is more poignant than ever given the tenor of this campaign.”

On Monday, Oct. 19, millions more will go to the polls to decide the future of this country. Earlier this week, we asked our readers: Why do you vote? Here are 42 of the reasons to vote in #elxn42, courtesy of our readers using the hashtag #WhyIVote.

https://twitter.com/Kerry_anndp/status/654995410101014528

So why do you vote? Keep tweeting @Macleansmag, using the hashtag #WhyIVote, or share your reason in the comments below!


 
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