3 Reasons Why You Should Vote


Having found myself evermore involved with politics, be it watching the leaders debate the other week and debating with others on twitter, discussing it with friends and family or persuading people to use their vote, I had decided I wanted to do a post about the election. Not only because I think it is extremely relevant and that whilst it's not necessarily my usual agenda, I wanted to discuss something that I find important, but also because having seen Lily Melrose (llymlrs.com) do a post similar to this, I thought I could jump on the bandwagon and add a few more reasons to the list as to why you should vote.


This year is an "exciting" general election according to several different people, and I think that's mainly because no one really knows what's going to happen. In the past it's been rather predictable, but with the increasing popularity of smaller parties it has shaken and woken up the world of politics, which I think is an absolute brilliant thing - and also an absolute sound reason why everyone should vote...

1. It does make a difference
If you don't take this opportunity, you can't complain. That's how I see it anyway. If you have no say in the matter, you then can't sit back and whinge and moan every time something goes bad; you can change and shape this country like the rest of us and vote for things you feel are important,. At least that way you'll have a lot more of a voice and if everyone thought like you then we'd all be stuck in the same rut for several years with everyone unhappy and no change happening -  the politicians will at least know what this country wants by the percentage of votes for each party. 

2. We need variety in voters
Most young people feel alienated, overwhelmed and somewhat overshadowed by politics - up until last year I certainly did! My school are very good in raising our awareness to the situation through speakers, mock elections and some PSHE sessions devoted to the UK politics system; however I know a lot of people find it extremely hard to keep up. That being said, we can't have only older people voting - that's not a democracy, that's not fair - and we don't get our voice heard. I find it awful that over half of the voting population didn't vote 5 years ago and only 44% of 18-24 year olds did.

3. People died for your vote
I know it sounds cliche but there are both men and women, even now, dying whilst campaigning for the right to vote around the world. Women died to get the vote and without sounding like a feminist man-hater like I know a lot of people would brand me as for this sentence, I think we ALL need to take this opportunity, to have our say and use our power to get a country we want.

As Lily wrote, I'm not here to preach about certain parties and make a decision for you. Even if you just go to a polling station and vote because you like the leader of the party the most, the name of the party most or hell, even if you just cross a random box, that would be much better in my opinion than not voting at all, because at least then it would mean that more people were making the most of their right to vote and have their say. 

*EDITED 20/4/2015* Just a little side note, following on from a comment left below - as suggested by the person, spoiling your ballot (not purposely voting for anyone on your card on purpose) is in fact a far more viable and a lot more meaningful than the other suggestions I've written above, so if you honestly don't know who to vote for or feel the need to protest during the vote, please at least take your right to vote and consider this as an option. I have only recently learned of this (after I wrote this post) and having now received a comment about it, I thought I should draw your attention to this, too!

Registration to vote closes on the 20th April - sign up here. It won't take that long, you can do it however you want (post, polling station etc.) and I certainly don't think that laziness or thinking that it won't make a difference should stop you. My advice? Work out what's important to you, look up policies (even if it's just for 10 minutes or so) and make your decision count.


Rant over... Apologies for a bit more of a "off topic" post, but as you can probably tell, it's certainly something I feel passionate about! I hope you have a lovely weekend...
Becky xx

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    1. It's my first time voting, and whilst it seems a little scary I'm excited to make my own voice heard :) thanks for your comment x

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  2. You forgot to mention spoiling the ballet as a viable option. It still counts as a vote and still counts as someone legitimately having their say- that being they feel no representation from those on offer, and so is a protest to the system. It's a bit ridiculous to tell people to vote based on the "name of the party they like" or telling them to tick a random box. People should do some in depth research into each party in order to make their decision, and choose spoiling their ballot over picking a 4 year reign based on a random tick. Plus basing your vote on the liking the look of a party leader is nonsensical, since you have to take into consideration the best candidate to represent your constituency, not just Westminster. Just some thoughts...

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    1. I completely agree - but at least then people are taking up their right to vote. I think that spoiling the ballot is a much better option than the aforementioned, however it is something I only learnt about having written this piece... I hope that anyone reading this post will look down here and see that your suggestion is a much better, more sensible one than that of just voting for the look of the leader (I think the media shamelessly insulting Ed Miliband on his looks is horrendous); however I wrote those reasons to persuade people to even have a look at party leaders/party - it's certainly something that I will not be using when voting, and I hope anyone reading this takes that on board. Thanks for your comment - I actually really enjoy the fact that you've shared your points of views so passionately on here!

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    2. Glad we are on the same page, and agree on Ed Miliband! Luckily there are a few of us young people passionate about state politics... but as you say, not nearly enough unfortunately. Appreciate the edited post!

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  3. I think it just shows how materialistic the media can be - awful! Absolutely, I think we need to have much more open and passionate debating opportunities... not at all, I think it was an extremely valid, excellent point!

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