Why some people vote and others do not, and whether we should care, has been the subject of mountains of research in recent years. There are different theories to explain why so many people are not voting. Most experts agree, however, that it is something we should care about. We should care because engaged citizens tend to vote, and engaged citizens tend to be happier and healthier members of their communities. That is not to say voting makes citizens happy or healthier. Voting is an indicator of citizen engagement, and it is a characteristic of an engaged citizen. And by every account, declining voter turnout numbers are not a healthy sign for any country or province. Addressing the level of engagement of our children and youth is important to all of us and we can, over time, turn the negative trend around. One way is by bringing your child with you when you vote!