Windsor, Ontario - Rather than face the horrors of voting on election
day, many young Americans are choosing to flee the country to avoid
the vote. The unappealing choices of Bush, Gore and various
third party candidates are turning these youngsters into vote dodgers.
"I love my country," said
U or M sophomore Farouk Aziz, "but I will not vote in an unjust
election. I'd rather spend the day in Toronto drinking Molson than
in the front lines at the polls." Several members of
the Sigma Chi fraternity said they too were "running for the
border," although it was unclear whether they meant Canada
or Taco Bell.
While many have already fled the country many are
staying behind to stage protests on campus. These demonstrations
are filled with chants of "Hell no, we won't vote!", "No
choices, no peace," and "One, two, three, four, what
the hell we voting for?" As a show of protest students
are also burning their voter registration cards.
While registering to vote is voluntary in the US
many students fear that a low turn out at the polls will force
Congress to make voting mandatory. "I'm getting out
before they shut down the border," said Brad Culpepper, "Im
prime voting age, and I don't have friends in high places that
could get me out of voting."
"The last time we saw protests like this was
when we shut down access to the Napster servers," said University
President Gerald Miller. "I didn't think these kids followed
politics any more." Bill Clinton has called for calm
on campuses, but is readying the National Guard.
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