So why is it that out of the 56 people that I asked the simple question "are you voting next week?", a mere 12 could give me a definite affirmative answer. Twelve. So, we set out to talk to people about voting. Do they? Don't they? And just how and why they've come to hold the feelings they have about the process.
I was always told of a saying that said, " there's two things you never discuss with friends if you want to remain friends, religion and politics". Why? Because people don't want to expose their feelings for fear of being judged? Because they fear that those they talk to may not see eye to eye? Because political differences can end friendships, burn bridges, incite riots? All of this may be true, but I prefer to rest my belief on a different saying. Adapted from Shakespeare's Tempest, "politics makes strange bedfellows", advises that political interests can actually unite people who may otherwise have little in common.
And so with that, we invited people tell us how they feel about voting; about the pros and cons, the benefits and drawbacks, and how, when and why they go to the polls.
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