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Why do you vote? Tell us.

What are your reasons for casting a ballot? Let us know with the hashtag #WhyIVote

A woman examines her ballot card as she prepares to cast her vote for the federal election in a polling station on Toronto's Ward Island on Monday,  May 2, 2011. (Chris Young/CP)

A voter prepares to cast a ballot for the federal election in a polling station on Toronto’s Ward Island on Monday, May 2, 2011. (Chris Young/CP)

Why does Norm Kelly vote? Simple. “It’s cathartic,” the Toronto city councillor (and perhaps the world’s No. 1 Drake superfan) writes us.

Celebrity gossip blogger Lainey Lui votes “because there was a time when a woman who looked like me wasn’t allowed to speak, let alone have a hand in deciding our government.

“I come from a family of immigrants,” the co-host of The Social tells Maclean’s. “They gave up everything they had so that I could live with these privileges. I vote to honour them.”

Approximately 3.6 million Canadians cast their ballot at advance polls during the Thanksgiving long weekend. On Monday, Oct. 19, millions more will go to the polls to decide the future of this country. Many will vote because it is their civic duty. Others will vote to make their voices heard.

War Child Canada founder Dr. Samantha Nutt votes “because I have a stake in the future of this country: where it’s going, and what I’d like it to be. And because not voting is like refusing to wear clothes on the subway: If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for everyone else.”

So why do you vote? Tell us by tweeting @Macleansmag, using the hashtag #WhyIVote, or share your reason in the comments below. Maclean’s is not looking for your endorsement, nor do you have to say whom you’re voting for (or against). We will publish a selection of your answers in an upcoming Maclean’s Election Daily, our “bulldog” digital edition.

What are your reasons for voting? Here are some of the answers we’ve received so far:

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Why do you vote? Tell us.

  1. I vote because for years I’ve been hearing things like “young people don’t vote”, “the 18 to 24 demographic has one of the lowest vote turnouts”, etc. I don’t want to be a part of the problem, especially not now that Elections Canada is finally making a real effort to make voting accessible to us (advanced polls on Campus).

  2. I vote because a democracy is only valid if people participate. Higher voter turnout should be encouraged, and young people like me will only be included in political promises if we show up in greater numbers. So far I am pretty sure I don’t matter to most of the parties, since I’m not a middle aged person with children and a house, and that should change. I wish we had proportional representation so I could vote for the party that represented my values, but instead I end up voting for the party that I think will beat Stephan Harper, since Canada can’t endure any more of his divisive, dishonest, anti-intellectual and anti-environment behaviour.

  3. I vote to contribute to making Canada the country I believe it should be. I vote to elect a candidate that I hope will represent me in Parliament, and will listen to my concerns as well as those of my fellow constituents and take them to Parliament. Those concerns protection of the environment and our universal health care system. I would rather pay more taxes and have a country where no citizen is left behind than make a bit more money and have no social programs. Taking care of the environment, society and the economy do not have to be separate goals at odds with each other; in a civil society they should complement each other. I will vote to elect a candidate who has understands that and will take that to Ottawa.

  4. I will communicate my reasons for going to vote through the medium of an acrostic poem entitled VOTING DAY IS NEAR:

    Voting time is upon us
    One time when we can choose who should govern
    The time that many wish they could have but it is forbidden
    I will be there to cast my ballot; I will not neglect this privilege
    Not let Nellie McClung and the 5 down; cannot let their victory be in vain
    Go vote, go vote!
    Do not shun a day many would die to have
    All around the world death is the result of asking for the right to vote
    Yes, go vote go vote!
    If you do not, change might come for the worse or it won’t come at all
    So go vote and insure change happens for the better
    Never forget, ladies, we have only had this for not even 100 years
    End the belief, oh people of youth, that the young don’t vote
    Always remember voting day is a day many have longed for but have not had, and have died trying to get.
    Remember to go vote and celebrate Canada by participating in its democracy!

  5. I vote because we are given the right to vote and its one way to make a change. #WhyIVote

  6. I vote because this election is too close to call with 100% certainty, and I want my voice to count. #WhyIVote