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By john_wills ·
As today is Canada Day, let us look at some of the differences between Canada and the US. A few days ago Canada had a federal election. The voter turnout, 60%, was considered low. But to the best of my knowledge the U.S. has never had such a high turnout. For presidential elections, which have the highest turnout, the rate is about 50%. Why is this? U.S. elections are usually more fun than Canadian ones, because there are generally lots of measures and candidates on the same ballot. What is Canadian education or whatever doing right that the U.S. equivalent is doing wrong?

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general dissatisfaction

by gbrownlee In reply to Canada Day

This is the reason I have voted every elction for the past 38 years.

Also, as you have stated, there are more options to choose from and a protest vote actually means something.

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51.3 percent in 2000

by maxwell edison In reply to Canada Day

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States with highest voter turnout (2000):

Minnesota....68.8
Maine..........67.3
Wisconsin...66.1
Vermont......64.0
N. Hamp.....62.5
Montana......61.5
Iowa............60.7
Oregon........60.6
N. Dakota....60.4
Alaska..........60.3


States with lowest voter turnout (2000):

Hawaii.........40.5
Arizona........42.3
Texas...........43.1
Nevada........43.8
Georgia........43.8
California.....44.1
W. Virginia..45.8


Florida.........50.5
USA.............51.3

Note: This reflects the percentage of people of voting age, whether they were registered to vote or not.

Year-to-year (presidential election year) comparison

1960 - 63.1
1964 - 61.9
1968 - 60.8
1972 - 55.2
1976 - 53.6
1980 - 52.6
1984 - 53.1
1988 - 50.1
1992 - 55.1
1996 - 49.1
2000 - 51.3
2004 - 57.0 (my prediction)

The most popular breed of dog in the USA:

Labrador Retriever.....154,616
Golden Retriever.........56,124

Most popular pet name - Max (I love it)

(Sorry, I just got carried away.)

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My friends dog

by Oz_Media In reply to 51.3 percent in 2000

My best friend has a ***** called Max (short for Maxine after her grandmother).

I said Max a hundred times while camping this week, seems I just don't get a rest! ;-)

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The Lazy Generation - Has taught the Children Well

by SkipperUSN In reply to Canada Day

I call them the Lazy Generation - The Baby Boomers are the ones I am talking about. Those lazy kids that were given everything - that their parents didn't have because of the depression.

So how do we change this trend, beyond the obvious need for a national grassroots effort to increase voter turnout, we need to teach our children the importance of voting in a free society!

Talk with them about how our country was formed because of a desperate thirst to break free from tyranny - show them the movie Patriot - teach them about history - Civic's.

We can tell them of the heroic, historic struggles of women, Indian's and African-Americans to take their places at the voting booths.

We can educate them about the crucial issues involved in any vote we cast, whether it's a local town referendum or a presidential election.

But above all, we can vote.. To the Lazy Generation - Get off your Arus and Vote. To the Children of the Lazy Generation - Get off your Arus and Vote and if possible take the kids to the polls. And don't act like it is a pain to vote - its fun its exciting participating in the government.

Parents who express their gratitude and political power by casting a ballot may inspire their kids to take a stand in the future.

The Lazy Generation - Who didn't think those over 30 knew anything - who were told to teach your parents well - and yes I am one of the Lazy generation - but I took my kids to the polls - we meet all kinds of people - friends - neighbors - canidates - its was an adventure to them..

Today they take their kids to the polls - It will work - "Lead By Example!"

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Great advice, Skipper

by maxwell edison In reply to The Lazy Generation - Has ...

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I too, another baby-boomer, take my son to the poll with me every time I vote. And I give him the "I Voted" sticker they hand out. We usually go in the early morning, just after the polls open, and then we go out to breakfast before I take him to school.

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Thanks Max - Now just a few more thousand

by SkipperUSN In reply to Great advice, Skipper

Isn't it fun - we had so much fun going there - they would stand next to me in the booth - then watch all the other people .... the canidates would talk to them... they felt important...they felt special..

It was soo much fun - I miss those days... now my kids are having that enjoyment...

Thanks Max - it only takes a few to get the ball rolling

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Canadian voter turnout has been dropping

by Oz_Media In reply to Canada Day

Stats I've seen show a heavy decline in voter turnout. In 2000 we had the lowset voter turnout since Canada became a country with an avg. of 54%.

The following article at Canada.com breaks Canadian voters in four groups. It also describes that Canadian voter turnout this year was higher than previous years because this election really is a race and not a laydown for a gicen party.
http://tinyurl.com/26z4h

The other very misleading point is that this is often stated as the percentage of ELIGIBLE voters that turned out,instead of the percentage of REGISTERED voters. There are MANY MANY CAnadians who are eligible to vote that aren't registered to vote. Therefore this number could actually be quite lower.

Aboriginal voters were down to 43% indicating a sense of futility in the election even with the close race.

I guess Canadians wait until election time to quietly and privately cast a ballot and return to work for a few years before going through it again. I was in Vancouver at a VERY large company on voting day and I didn't hear a single person mention voting until it was about 3:30 and people were asking if they got off at 4:00 so they'd have the mandatory 3 hour voting window.

To most out West where we just slip in a quick ballot on the way to the bar, and be done with it until the next election. It isn't focused on as an important part of our day, it's just seen as a quick and painful duty to be done with so we don't have to listen to them again for a few more years.

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