Just ask


Ilona Dougherty argues that civics classes aren’t the answer and again stresses the need to actively court young voters the way other age groups are courted.

So what does work? The answer is simple: Ask young people to vote. Elections Canada’s survey results show that young people who were contacted by a political party were significantly more likely to cast a ballot than those who weren’t (83 per cent versus 68 per cent). Having a parent, friend, or roommate who talks about politics also makes young person more likely to participate. There are dozens of rigorous field experiments that reinforce the same basic conclusion: if you ask them, they will vote.

This type of active mobilization is important because young Canadians are currently the group least likely to be solicited: only 40 per cent of them were contacted in any way by a party or candidate during the last federal election. Changing that is a crucial part of any comprehensive strategy, and that means changing what political parties, NGOs, and community organizations do in order to mobilize young voters.


Just ask

  1. There is no point is asking young people [or any other age group] to vote, if you don’t give them something to vote FOR.

    • After two years of asking anybody who will let me, I have come to the conclusion that you are right.  Recently, like the past year, I’ve been trying “use it as practice,” but I can’t take that look anymore. 

      • Yeah, some of them are polite and will vote just because you ask them to, or at least they say they will…….but mostly I get a general…..’What for? Who for? Nothing ever changes in this country’

        Or you get ‘the look’.

  2. But that involves actual work; something the lunatic left is adverse to.
    They would much rather increase the role of the nanny state and make it mandatory to vote.

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