Voter Turnout

For the longest time, voter turnout has been low in Canada at all three levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal).  Yesterday’s municipal elections saw only 37% of voters show up in Windsor; 50% in Essex; 44% in Lakeshore; and 46% in Amherstburg.  What do you think we should do to increase voter turnout?  Support your answer with your own thinking – convince your reader!

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38 thoughts on “Voter Turnout

  1. blake October 28, 2014 / 9:08 am

    give a prize to the voters.

  2. jake October 28, 2014 / 9:13 am

    bring the voting box into peoples houses so they have to vote

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:24 pm

      Interesting idea but it might cost more money, which would drive taxes up. It sounds like you’re saying it should be more accessible though.

  3. nathan October 28, 2014 / 9:13 am

    1-Put up signs
    2-Sing songs
    3-Make more places to vote
    4-Before the day of vote put it on the news
    5-Make an online vote system
    6-Nathan

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:24 pm

      #1, 4 and 5 are already done. I’m not sure what the singing songs will do.

  4. Dominic October 28, 2014 / 9:14 am

    the mayor could advertise more on television (that’s what everybody does these days) and put him on every channel and make sure the people cannot turn off their TV.

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:25 pm

      So more candidate exposure. Could be an idea worth exploring.

  5. teagan October 28, 2014 / 9:20 am

    .who ever voted for the person that won they would get a trip to Disney world and go on a cruse. And they would be able to swim with dolphins and sharks but they wont bite.

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:26 pm

      That would be a lot of trips for a lot of people, but more importantly, who will pay for it? If the municipal government pays for it, the only money they have is what comes from taxes…which means…

  6. Emily October 28, 2014 / 9:20 am

    give reasons why to vote. send people door-to-door. make a tv cermerceal. plant signs. put your face on a build board.

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:26 pm

      I think the candidates do these things already. It’s getting the people to come out on voting day that is the issue.

  7. jocelynn October 28, 2014 / 9:22 am

    I think we should tell everyone that they are doing it so they can tell their mayor what they want or what they want to happen in their town.

  8. Veronica October 28, 2014 / 9:27 am

    we can increase the voting turnout at elections if we let kids to vote because usally kids get icerige to vote cause if you tell kids you can make a difference if you vote it will make them feel good.

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:27 pm

      I like the idea of kids having a voice but I wonder if they would understand the complex issues of government that we never got into in our unit.

  9. Emmit October 28, 2014 / 9:31 am

    1.put up signs
    2.make letters in the male to vote
    3.if you know tell some people
    4.call everyone so they will know to vote
    5.tell the mayor to make a anounsment so everyone can vote

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:28 pm

      I think the media does a good job or reminding everyone of when to vote. Getting them to actually go out and do it is the real problem.

  10. Kye October 28, 2014 / 9:43 am

    I think there should be prizes that whoever votes gets a prize.

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:28 pm

      I guess it depends on the prize but some people can be motivated by rewards.

  11. seth October 28, 2014 / 9:44 am

    put up signs

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:29 pm

      Already doing this…

  12. Ella October 28, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Put up signs across town saying.Town party and you can vote at.

  13. RYAN October 28, 2014 / 9:48 am

    If you don’t vote you should get a 300 dollar charge

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:29 pm

      Very interesting idea. Force people to vote or they get penalized. It might be the push needed to get people to show up.

  14. isaac October 28, 2014 / 9:49 am

    they can make things as good as they can for the cumunity.

  15. zoe October 28, 2014 / 9:52 am

    i think we should put vote every were

  16. shyanne October 28, 2014 / 9:53 am

    I think that whoever makes the most people vote they should gut a prize

  17. Priya October 28, 2014 / 9:53 am

    I think we should put signs up. You will have say in your local government. If the person who you voted for wins you can say I helped them win. You can go door-to-door with the voting box. You can make a T.V. commercial telling people to vote.

  18. seth October 28, 2014 / 9:55 am

    who ever gets the right vote gets a 100 $

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:30 pm

      Where does the money come from?

  19. ALex October 28, 2014 / 9:55 am

    bring balets to there house so they can fill it out at there house

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:30 pm

      That’s got potential but what do you do in bigger cities with millions, or even hundreds of thousands of people? That’s a lot of people needed to get citizens to vote.

  20. Kylie October 28, 2014 / 9:56 am

    i think they should put something about voting on the news and put more places to vote so more people will go.

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:32 pm

      News coverage tends to be adequate and most polling stations are within a reasonable walk or drive from someone’s house.

  21. Jason October 28, 2014 / 9:57 am

    A way that we can increase voter turnout at elections is to do something to the town like set a goal,like if 80’/, of the town votes we could build a park.

  22. Erika October 28, 2014 / 10:04 am

    if you dowt vote its like you dowt wont a mayor and we wont a mayor so vote for a mayor.

  23. ava October 28, 2014 / 10:09 am

    I think we can increase the amount of votes in elections by giving the public more things they want . Or everybody who votes can get a ballot they could put in a box and the names that get drown could get grand prizes. These are two ways I think we could get more votes at elections,

    Thank you.

    • mrmepham October 28, 2014 / 7:34 pm

      I suppose rewarding people might draw some out to the polls but it really shouldn’t be that way. As I’ve mentioned in similar comments, where does the money come from to do this? The government is paid by the people through taxes, so you’d technically paying for people to vote.

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