It is the season for the indifferent, droopy types to offer a million and one reasons that they do not intend to place a vote in the UK elections. That’s fine. If you are completely uniformed about the policies each candidate is pushing, then frankly we don’t want your opinion.
That said, here are 8 reasons why you should want to vote on the 7th May 2015.
We have the right – As an expat, I have grown acutely aware of how lucky we Brits are to live in a democracy. Whilst there is lots to complain about, (and we do complain so well), we do have access to free and fair elections.
We want a legitimate Government – A clear majority would give the incoming Government clear support from the people, and a better representation of the British society that it represents.
The more of your peers that dominate the ballot box the better – For example, if the majority of young voters register, the more likely politicians are to make policies that suit young people, because they all want your vote.
It is disrespectful to those that fought for us to be able to vote – Take the Suffragettes; they spent years campaigning to give women the right to vote. Many even gave their lives. To not vote would be disrespecting all that they did.
It is in your power to choose how the UK is run – We all complain about different aspects of how the UK is run, voting is your opportunity to change something. If you don’t take that opportunity, you can’t complain.
Voting for your local MP of choice is the ultimate way to have a say in how your day to day life is run. They will work the hardest for the matters that really affect you.
Even in the areas classed as ‘Safe Seats’ your vote can create a change. – For example, the constituency of Crewe & Nantwich was safe for over 25 years, until a change in 2008. Did anyone really think that America was ready for a dual heritage President? Barack Obama is clear proof that every vote matters.
Did you know that you can leave your ballot box blank? So if you really want to make a statement, because you don’t agree with any of the parties, then turn up and hand in a blank vote. It is much more powerful than just not showing up.
It is not too late to register. The deadline is 20th April 2015.
Polling day for the General Election is 7 May 2015. You can choose your method of voting depending on your personal circumstances.
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