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Sample Multimedia Essay

Voter Apathy
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Dominic Dedato

on 16 December 2012

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Why Don't People Care
About Voting? A Multimedia Essay Exemplar So How Do We Fix
This? How do we FIX this? Introduction Why We Vote:

Having regular members of society vote is an idea that goes back centuries to the time of the Ancient Athenians.
The basic idea is that the people who are affected by government should have a say in big decisions. It’s impractical for us to vote on each issue, so instead we have one general election to choose representatives who will do the work of government.
Today, roughly 123 of 194 countries are democratic.
In most cases, these rights were won or defended with the blood of our soldiers in conflicts at home and abroad.
The Problem There is an increasing amount of voter apathy in Canada.
Since the 1950s, turn out has dropped from as high as 79% (1958, 1962, 1963) to as low as 58% (2008).
Thesis: In modern day Canada, people choose not to vote because they feel that politics has no bearing on their every day lives, they find it inconvenient and they are turned-off by political scandals. Argument 1:
People choose not to vote because they feel politics has no bearing on their every day lives.
Argument 2: People choose not to vote because they find the process inconvenient.
Why?

In order to vote, you need a few things: a voter registration card, government ID and a way to get to a polling station (this may be tough in the winter). This may not sound that difficult to you, but for a person who is already under-motivated when it comes to voting, this may be the last straw.
According to CNN, “Evoting would eliminate these hassles. Some advocates believe that it would have its greatest impact on participation by voters aged 18 to 24, who turn out in lower numbers than any other group.” Argument 3:
People choose not to vote because they are turned off by political scandals.
Why?

According to Michael Macmillan, of the charitable organization Samara, Canadians’ satisfaction with their government is declining steadily. Currently, only 55% of those surveyed in his study show any kind of satisfaction with the government. Macmillan states, “It might go some way towards explaining the apathy and disengagement we see reflected in Canada’s declining voter turnout.”
How Can We Fix This? In order to combat this type of apathy, voters need ways to communicate with their representatives beyond election time. For example, we should have a mechanism to recall a representative who have misused their power. Also, political meetings should be open to members of the public so they can ask questions directly to their representatives.
Conclusion Today in Canada, people are making the choice to stay at home on election day because they feel that politics does not affect their lives, they find it inconvenient to participate and they are turned off by the immoral ways many politicians act.
The Last Word In 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voter’s Rights Act in 1965. This law eliminated many of the discriminatory election policies that disenfranchised black voters before hand. He famously said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. ” In other words, our right to vote is one of the greatest things we have. We have to avoid being apathetic and use it well in order to make the best world possible.
According to Chad Hudson of Novanewsnow.com, this is simply not true. He argues explains that "how much we pay in taxes to the price of gasoline, politics has a direct impact on our daily lives. If you have young children and both spouses are working, daycare is essential." Moreover, if our government chooses to send troops into a war zone, your relatives in the military will certainly be affected. We have to think! What
political issues affect us?
The key here is to simply not
tune out political issues when
they come up. For example,
most people here have a vested
interest in one of the following
topics: freedom on the internet,
the price of food, health care, etc. Simply put, we need to make voting easier. Most Canadians have access to a computer and internet service at home. Those who do not can get free access at a library or friend’s house. Also, voting can take place over a couple of days to make sure people take the time to pick their top choice.
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