I like to talk elections with my friends and others. And living in Toronto I find a lot of Liberal voters. Some don’t need to know what the platforms are or who is running: they are going to vote Liberal regardless. The Liberals have the whole "moderation-in-the-centre" feel going for them, even when this isn’t always necessarily true. I like asking people what they think of the NDP platform. Some don’t know what it is, and others do but are hesitant to vote for them. Their reasoning is this: they are going to lose anyway. So why waste a vote?
It's a catch-22 situation: many don't vote for them because they are going to lose, and they are going to lose because many don't vote for them. Now, if we were to get rid of our hesitation and vote for who we feel would be best representing us then maybe they would stand a chance. It’s a thought.
I’m not making an endorsement for the NDP. It is just my form of an example. These things are important and not just high school popularity contests for student council. So, no matter what type of election it is, don’t just look at the banner the candidate is standing in front of but rather who they are and what they represent. Give democracy a chance.