3 reasons to use your right to vote
First up, this isn’t about me putting across my personal political views or about expressing an opinion that the current government is/or is not doing a great job.
No, this is about looking at the reasons to vote.
At the last General Election in 2015, the turnout was 66.1%. This figure includes spoiled ballot papers.
That means that 33.9% did not vote. It also means that the number of people who did not vote outnumbered the votes tallied by any one individual party.
Too many people think that voting isn’t important. Too many people think that their vote can’t make a difference. Yet these figures show how votes DO make a difference. If all those who think it doesn’t make a difference actually voted, then a difference could by made. In the Local Elections 2 weeks ago, a seat in South Blyth was awarded by drawing straws after there was a tie between the two candidates. The turnout was just 26.6%.
You’ve been given a voice
Use your vote to:
- have a say
- help shape the future
- set an example to your children by talking about democracy and take them along to the polling station with you!
And finally, think on this: at least if you’re #NotThe33, you can say that you had your say… no matter the political outcome.