I know how important the 2015 Canadian Federal election is to you, so I provided some helpful tools that aide in political literacy.
I split it into 2 simple sections: 1) Figure out who to vote for. 2) How to vote. The links below simplify the process and help you to be the empowered, politically savvy person we all know you truly are behind that smokin' Instagram selfie <3
WHO TO VOTE FOR...
"I just wanna vote Stephen Harper out."
Lead Now has created the Vote Together website, which offers an easy tool to find out which Candidate in your Riding is most likely to win over a Conservative Candidate.
They just released the 31 Battleground ridings where Conservatives could win, only due to progressive "vote splitting" between the Green, Liberal, and NDP parties. Most of these ridings are in Ontario and BC.
By "voting together," Canadians can strategically give their vote to the most popular Canadidate to ensure Stephen Harper doesn't get voted back into power.
"I have some ideas, but I don't know which party platform suits me best."
The Vote Compass is an Electoral literacy application that estimates the alignment between your politics and the policy platforms of the parties.
It's dope to see where you actually stand in the political landscape - oh, and you can see the results in 3D!
"Strategic Voting sounds complex and it's kinda turning me off from voting at all."
Strategic voting was a bit complex for your parents and grandparents. But now with nifty internet tools...
Girl, if I can figure this out, you can figure this out. Let's break it down (strategic voting, not your heart).
Instead of progressive voters splitting their votes into the 3 progressive parties (read: not Conservative) you vote for the most popular progressive MP Candidate in your Riding. This way, it will feel like your vote counts when more progressive MPs (not Conservative) take spots in the House of Commons.
Girl, you're looking more politically savvy already ;)
HOW TO VOTE...
Voting as a Student (how to register, which riding you register for, voting while studying abroad, what to bring to the polling station, etc).
The Oct. 19 vote will be the first in which all millennial voters (aged between 18-35 this year) will be old enough to cast a ballot. If you’re one of them, you and your peers represent more than 20 per cent of the population, making you a force to be reckoned with should you choose to head to the polls.
1) Check ereg.elections.ca to see if you're already registered.
2) Also use ereg.elections.ca to register to vote and to update your address. If you are registering for the first time, it will ask for the number of your Driver's Licence or Provincial/Territorial ID.
3) Girl, I know you're into that traditional mason jar coffee-lightbulb-candle holder lifestyle. You can also register at your local Elections Office. Find one on ereg.elections.ca
4) Work that ballot. Remember to bring your ID (proof of address and government ID) on the big day.
It's easier than ever to vote! For more info, check out: