Monday, 13 April 2015

Why We Should Vote

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark' - Fall Out Boy ♫♪

With exactly a week until voting registration closes, I'd like to share with you why I think we should all register to vote before the next General Election.

x Because Emily Davidson didn't throw herself under a horse for banter - she dreamed of a world where British women were equal citizens and gave her life to the cause. Sadly, she died just before women got the vote. Less than 40% of young women voted in the last GE - and that's simply not good enough.
x Because your vote can make a difference, even if you don't think it will - lot's of people say 'my vote doesn't matter, it won't change anything.' But it does and it will.

x Because it's a right that women and non-whites had to fight and die for back in the day - Voting in the UK was once only for White males, so of course the Government represents white males. But time have changed and we cannot let it go back to how it used to be. When we vote, more MPs get shuffled around and more representation in the House of Commons occurs, regardless of the majority party.

x Because policies are made for the people who vote - If a lot of people choose not to vote, the Government isn't as legitimate and even runs the risk of misrepresenting/over representing a large chunk of the country.

x Because it's our future after all - we are so fortunate to live in a democracy, not run by a dictatorship or ruling dynasty with immense political power. We can hold our politicians accountable, but we only have a right to do that if we vote. We all want a better future for ourselves and our loved ones. Voting goes hand-in-hand, as we have a right to choose who we think will help us reach a better future.

x Because the youth (18-25) vote can determine who's in power - We know this too well with the Lib Dems when they became the Kingmakers. If more 18-25s voted, we can't be ignored.

x Because it's soooooo easy - If you can't make it to a polling station, you can just register for a postal vote or apply for a proxy vote (someone can vote on your behalf).

Don't be that guy who's opinion is ignored because they didn't partake in the General Election. It's true what they say, 'no vote, no voice!'.
Even if you don't know who to vote for right now, you should still register so that when the time comes in May, you can make your decision then. And you can even leave the ballot paper blank at the polling station.
Taking a few minutes to read all the party's manifestoes will help when the time comes.
You still have time to register here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The deadline is the 20th April!!!!!
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