Monday, April 25, 2005

With shackles in place, we march onward to the ballot box

Kevin Gulstene from Polspy offers some suggestions on how to improve youth turnout at election time:

1. Make voting more contemporary by hosting the debates on a tropical island and let the candidates vote each other off.
2. Make them explain why their right to vote doesn’t matter to an old guy with ribbons on his chest.
3. Remind them that democracy is often better than the alternative by making them queue ( ala the bread lines) for days to get the life’s essentials — beer, kraft dinner and condoms.
4. Last, but not least, amend the elections act so that mandatory conscription is automatically introduced if voter turnout falls below, say 80%. I’ll bet that would bring the 32” waists out of hiding.