Who says young people don’t vote?
We asked some of our younger PSA members why they think it is important to vote in the election.
"I’m voting because I want to ensure that the values and issues I care about are strongly represented in Parliament. I’ll also be voting to keep MMP, which I think is the fairest electoral system. The current government has made many changes that impact on me and people I care about and their frequent use of urgency has minimised our opportunities to be heard. So I think it is vital that we use our votes to have our say on November 26."
“For me, it is important to vote to ensure your views are represented in parliament and with the referendum on MMP happening, to also ensure that New Zealand continues to have a fair and proportional voting system. I come from a country which has the ‘first past the post’ voting system. In this system your vote only counts if you live in an area where you support the most popular party. This means a big chunk of voters cast votes that do not count. New Zealand has what I believe is a fair and proportional system in MMP in which every vote counts towards representation. “
“Voting as a young person is very important because it helps determine who will lead our government and, more importantly, who will be shaping our futures. In the past I would have said that voting was a waste of time and I could be doing other things instead but I now understand that it is extremely important to have a say. At the end of the day, when you vote you have had your say. If we don’t vote, then who are we to judge the changes? So stand up, stand out and make your vote count this year. Help decide who will shape your future.”
"You may anticipate the outcome of the election this year and therefore think there is no need to vote. But you are wrong. Your vote, along with others who think like you, could mean the difference between a good three years and a difficult three years. Don’t sit back. Be pro-active and make your vote count."
"We are lucky enough to have free, fair and open elections that allow us to contribute to our own governance. Democracy and the right to vote for our leaders is a privilege that previous generations spent years fighting to secure for us, and other people around the world are still fighting for. To not exercise our right to vote is like a slap in the face to the people who have died trying to bring democracy to their countries."
This article is from the November 2011 issue of the PSA Journal. You can read back issues of the Journal by clicking here.