Why Your Vote Matters!

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Since the early general election is coming up (8 June), I wanted to write a little bit about the importance of voting, and yes, it is important.

Sadly, many people who are eligible to vote, don't. Only about 60% of eligible voters actually voted in the last UK election...60%! That's 40% of people not using their voices, because that's what a vote is, it's a voice.



We as the public are constantly sitting back, watching other people making decisions that effect our lives. Everything is decided by parliament, our education system, our health care services, even things as simple as what kind of energy we use, it's all decided for us, BUT it's decided by the political party that is in office, which is where we (our votes) come in.

Each political party stands for something different; just like regular people, each leader has different opinions on certain topics such as same sex marriage or abortion. It's those exact same opinions that are going to come into play when potentially running the country. Ask yourself, do you care about privatisation of the NHS? Do you care about taxes and whether rich/poor people should be paying more or less? If your answer is yes, then SPEAK UP!

Many people use the excuses "my vote won't make a difference" or "oh fox hunting doesn't apply to me so I don't care", but this isn't just about personal consequences, it's about us, the UK. It's about what we are now and what we will become, and if I'm not mistaken, we all want to live in a better world, not just for us now, but for future generations to come. And if you think that your one little vote won't make a difference, you're wrong. Donald Trump won the US election by a measly 74 votes, and I bet every single one of those non-voters thought to themselves, "oh my vote won't make a difference", but it could have.

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Now, the next struggle is deciding who to vote for. And I'm not saying that I'm the most politically informed person, because I'm definitely not, but I do try my best to keep up with what's going on. The world of politics can be an extremely scary and complicated world for anyone, so when it comes to an election, people get scared and may choose to simply not vote because they don't know who to vote for. All it takes is a little research, and I've found a couple of websites that may help anyone who's struggling.

SimplePolitics.co.uk is a website that (as the name would suggest), simplifies politics. It lays out the issues, the parties etc. everything you need to know to keep yourself informed and updated on our government. They also have a Twitter account which is great for keeping you updated on the go.

ISideWith.com is also a great website. It talks about each party and what their opinions are on certain topics, which makes it easy to match up your own opinions to a party. They make it even easier by providing a fantastic quiz where you answer your opinion on certain issues and at the end they tell you which party you most match up with!

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To be able to vote, you need to be a British citizen aged 18 or over by the election date (8 June). You also need to register BEFORE 22 May. If you aren't registered, you can't vote! Visit YourVoteMatters.co.uk to find out more on eligibility and how to register.

And if you still don't know who to vote for, talk to your friends, your family, the person sitting next to you on the bus, ANYONE. You might find their opinions useful, and vice-versa, and you never know, you could also encourage someone to vote.


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Caitlin x






P.S. If you don't vote, don't complain about the result :)

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3 comments

  1. Couldn't ageee with you more! I can't believe so many people don't vote!

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  2. I LOVE THIS. Literally this bugs me so much...people won't vote because "it doesn't make a difference" yet they get a result they don't like and complain ?? i mean, add up all the people LIKE YOU that didn't vote, imagine if they had and whoops there could've been a different outcome. Great post lovely xx

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  3. This is such a good post, and I can't agree with you more!! I think voting is so important and now that there are so many good websites that give clear, impartial advice based on policies, there's no excuse really! Yes, I'm out & vote!!
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