Despite having the biggest turn out of voters in 18 years,in the 2015 general election, I was shocked to find many people hadn’t voted. In my opinion if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t moan about the current government if you don’t like them. As it was stated that in the 2010 general election 15.9 million people didn’t vote. Imagine what a difference that would have made to the results. Yes our electoral system needs to be looked at to make sure the number of seats matches votes. But voting is still one of many ways you can have your say on the countries decisions. So here are my top three reasons as to why people should vote.
- People died for the right to vote
Yes, this one if mainly aimed at women as we all know about the Suffragettes. For those of you who don’t. The Suffragettes was the move that wanted women to be given the right to vote. the move for women to have the vote had really started in 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage. The most known act associated with the Suffragettes took place during June 1913 when a fellow suffragette Emily Wilding Dawson threw herself under the king’s horse and being tragically killed.
Most men in Parliament believed that women simply would not understand how Parliament worked and therefore should not take part in the voting process of an election. I beg to differ, with many women today taking a huge interest in politics, some even holding positions within the cabinet. That shows how far women have come within politics.
After much protesting women were finally all given women the right to vote in 1928. So as you can see without the Suffragettes, women would not have the amazing opportunity to vote.
2. It’s your future
A simple but effective statement. In Britain we live in a democracy. Which in my opinion is a blessing not a curse. This means a constituency can pick who represents them within parliament. Yes it may not always be the person you want, but at least it is someone’s job to represent where you live.
Whichever party has the overall majority, will effect your future no matter where you live. Such things like your education, housing and pension. You should vote for the party who you think will make sure your future is a bright and promising one. So doing research before polling day is an essential for understanding which party you would like to see carry out their polices.
That’s is why I joined the Liberal Democrats. Yes we may not be the strongest party within parliament. But they are the party with the most polices that I agree with and would like to see them carried out as I think they are what is best for not just my future, but the future of the country as a whole.
3. Don’t vote, Don’t complain!
It still shocks me that many people who don’t vote, still moan about the way the country is run. Not voting means that your voice is not getting heard anyway so don’t go moaning about it if the party you don’t like gets elected.
You can ever leave your ballot paper blank if your not sure on who to vote for. At least if you did that, you would still be having your opinion heard.
Many people say they didn’t vote because “They didn’t have the time!” absolute nonsense! This is not a valid reason, it’s just an excuse. Voting is made even easier and you don’t have to pop into your local polling station on election day, you can now do a postal vote which means yes, YOUR VOTE WILL COUNT!!!
So as you can see, voting plays a very important part within a 21st century democracy within Britain. So make your voices and opinion heard. So in your next local/national election. Don’t just sit there. Get out and vote!