“I’m really happy. And if I had any tiny part of getting more people out, I’m ecstatic.”
A Vancouver man’s video detailing the poor voter turnout numbers of the 2011 federal election has now been shared an astonishing 40,000 on Facebook.
40 year old UBC student Matthew Kowalyk’s video shares the hard-to-believe-but-true numbers.
“Two out of five eligible Canadian voters didn’t vote. Our current government was elected with 39 percent of votes cast. But only 61 percent of eligible voters voted, one of the lowest voter turnouts in Canadian history.”
The video is only a little over a minute long, but Kowalyk says he set out to engage any disillusioned voters.
“I think people are disengaged, possibly because they think their vote doesn’t make a difference. I guess when I initially designed the video I approached it in such a way just to show people what the first past the post system results in sometimes… that a low number can result in a government.”
Kowalyk, like many, are hoping Canadians will come out in droves on October 19th and make their vote count.