2,794,356 (abridged) reasons Torontonians should vote today


1. It’s a wonderful excuse to get pleasure from a stroll within the fall air and get some steps in.

2. Standing within the sales space, marking your selections behind the privateness display screen, you possibly can take a second to mirror on all of the individuals on the earth who line up for hours or days to train the identical proper, or danger their lives in protests within the absence of it. The suitable to vote is sacred — use it or lose it.

3. It’s a uncommon likelihood to admire the nifty scanning machines they use in metropolis elections.

4.-250. (A complete bunch of windy platitudes about civic responsibility and the advantage of democratic participation.)

251. When some self-satisfied blowhard tells you you haven’t any proper to complain should you didn’t vote, you possibly can have the satisfaction of complaining to all of them the louder.

252. Town is at a pivotal level in its historical past, with a rising inhabitants, decaying infrastructure, a gap within the funds, a housing scarcity and affordability disaster, site visitors standstills, and a determined have to get transit constructed — and all that at a time of file inflation, with a possible housing market collapse and doable recession on the horizon. This isn’t the time for anybody to sit down on the sidelines.

253.-18,989. (A collection of causes associated to the truth that you recognize darn effectively Premier Doug Ford is just not going to move up any likelihood to meddle in Toronto’s affairs, so individuals like you could take the possibility to do your personal meddling within the restricted methods obtainable to you.)

18,990. As civic duties go, it’s a complete heck of rather a lot simpler, on the entire, than serving on a jury.

18,991. And a heck of much more enjoyable than paying taxes, too.

18,992. You might suppose you possibly can ship a message by not voting, however low voter turnout solely sends the message that nobody cares. There are different simpler methods to protest the efficiency of the incumbents, and even the opposite choices on the poll, by displaying up and making a mark on it than by simply not displaying up.

18,993. Bear in mind all these causes involving Doug Ford? He’s a man who doesn’t have to see proof that his mandate judged by turnout and votes forged is any larger than your mayor’s or metropolis council’s.

18,994. Voting is to democratic participation what the F-word is to cursing: an all-purpose message sender. Just like the F-word, you should utilize a poll to precise anger, satisfaction, indifference, enthusiasm, shocked disbelief, a kind of mildly nonplussed embarrassment, and a complete vary of different feelings.

18,994.-545,000. (An extended checklist of F-word-related examples of stuff you may say along with your vote, in case you are so inclined.)

545,001. It’s the civic equal of chatting with the supervisor.

545,002. You simply know the sort of one that calls for to talk with the supervisor goes to vote. Don’t allow them to communicate for you.

545,003. If John Tory is re-elected, he’ll change into the longest-serving mayor in Toronto’s historical past. For those who suppose that’s a superb factor, you owe it to him so as to add your poll to the historic complete that provides him that victory. For those who suppose that’s a horrible travesty, you don’t wish to look again and say you simply watched it occur with out doing something to cease it.

545,004. A number of candidates labored very laborious to attempt to earn your vote, earnestly placing collectively considerate (and in lots of circumstances very good and modern) platforms, elevating and spending large sums of cash, taking weeks or months out of their lives to commit themselves to making an attempt to earn your vote. All they’re asking you to do is take a couple of minutes to go make your personal choice identified.

545,005. It’s a few hours your employer is required to provide you off work.

545,006. Even should you’re amongst those that suppose the mayoral race is a giant pageant of meh this 12 months, town council that may signify you can be on the poll.

545,007. The trustees who run the college board, too.

545,008. Consider the youngsters!

545,009. These individuals are spending your cash.

545,008.-1,287,426. (Recommendations for memes and self-satisfied and/or inspiring messages you possibly can publish on social media telling individuals you voted.)

1,287,467. Keep in mind that one time you didn’t vote since you had been too busy at work, after which Rob Ford turned mayor of Toronto, after which issues went completely bananas for 4 years, after which usually throughout that point you puzzled how many individuals such as you perhaps didn’t totally take the time to ponder the potential outcomes of their neglect, and also you swore you’d by no means be too busy once more? No, simply us? Effectively, belief us, you don’t wish to have that feeling in your conscience.

1,287,468. That metropolis councillor you vote for, or vote towards, is the one who’s going to signify you not simply when there’s a giant citywide concern being debated, however when you could complain your trash isn’t being picked up or that vehicles are rushing previous your college crossing or if you need modifications at your native park. You might wish to assist choose the one that’ll do this job in your behalf.

1,287,469. Within the occasion that you simply wish to name that individual to complain about one thing, it could be useful to have the ability to begin your sentences with “Once I voted for you …”

1,287,470. Or you recognize, you possibly can additionally begin these sentences with “I voted to your opponent, however now you’ve an opportunity to point out me why I used to be improper …”

1,287,471.-1,907,101. (An exhaustive checklist of points within the metropolis that possible instantly have an effect on your day-to-day life.)

1,907,102. “The most effective lack all conviction, whereas the worst / Are stuffed with passionate depth.” That’s poetry. Too usually it appears like prophecy.

1,907,103. You get to see your neighbours on the voting location, together with all of the individuals who work laborious to attempt to make them run easily that day.

1,907,104. Not each race is shut. However some are: Final time round, Brad Bradford gained by solely 288 votes, Jennifer McKelvie gained by solely 154 votes and Gary Crawford gained by 411 votes. In 2010, Maria Augimeri gained by fewer than 100 votes. Generally each vote does depend.

1,907,105.-2,794,353. (An exploration of the various and different musical methods you are able to do issues to the vote subsequently reinforcing how engaging the act of doing it’s, resembling “rock the vote” and “rap the vote” proper on by “electro-swing the vote” and “baroque the vote.”)

2,794,354. Significantly although, why not?

2,794,355. There are 2,794,356 individuals in Toronto, in accordance with metropolis numbers from the latest census. All of them have completely different concepts about how town must be run, and people differing views are sometimes boiled all the way down to caricatures and kinds resembling suburban drivers or tax-averse seniors or downtown elites or demanding cyclists. We as individuals usually have shamefully few alternatives to make our voices heard, and people who most frequently do present as much as have their voices heard can are usually the crankiest bunch of oldsters round, solely unrepresentative of the remainder of us. There are quite a lot of methods town perhaps ought to invite extra views into the method, however the one large, apparent alternative all of us legally capable of vote are given to take part comes on election day. We should always reap the benefits of it.

2,794,356. Ideally, democratic participation to make this metropolis a greater place wouldn’t finish within the voting sales space, for any of us. However for many people, it’s a good place to start out.

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