How can one not remember to vote?

It’s become cliche to say, “no matter what, remember to vote”. What bothers me is how can someone not remember to vote. Voting now is easier than any other time in our history. Elections Ontario had 29 days of advanced polls available if you were not going to be around for the voting day. At any time you could go to the local Returning Officer’s office to vote, and on election day, the polls are open from 9am to 9pm EDT. There are polls at nearly every public building in the province. There are election signs on EVERY street corner all across the province, so it’s not like one doesn’t know that SOMETHING is going on. Voting is easy, go in, show some ID, get a piece of paper, mark an X, fold it up, put it in the box and leave. Easy.

My grandmother used to scold my Dad and my Uncle because they both would make excuses as to why they didn’t vote. At family dinners, if the topic came up about government, taxes or anything of that slant, she’d yell at them to shut up. They didn’t vote, so you have no right to complain about the government.

Boiled down, if you don’t participate, you can’t complain about it.

So vote, participate, mark an X. There really is no excuse not to.