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Voter apathy: Election letter of the day, April 4

A woman passes by a sign in both French and English informing the public on identification needed to vote on election day in Montreal, Tuesday Oct. 14, 2008.

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Sacrifice

I spent Saturday afternoon on the phone campaigning for a candidate for Parliament and hearing from people who "can't be bothered" to vote. "It's a waste of time," they said. When I returned home, I found a message about a friend who's a doctor with the rebels in Libya. He says he's sleeping in a different place every night. "My name is on the black list of the security forces. … They have been tapping my telephone and have enough evidence to do God knows what if they capture me."

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Somehow, that sort of sacrifice, in order to have a representative government, hardly compares with the bother of getting off the sofa and getting out to vote.

Patricia Clarke, Toronto

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