For those of you who have been busy with university assignments and exams like myself and haven’t yet registered to vote, this is your mandatory kick up the backside and a remind to register to vote today!
Now I’m not going to go on a feminist rant about how people died for your right to vote, or how if you don’t vote you have no right to moan about the government for the next four years. – Although they are pretty strong points.
Instead I wanted to talk to you about why you should vote no matter what.
Do I know who I’m going to vote for in the next general election? Nope.
Do I know what the hell is going on right now in government and politics. Hell NO! – Don’t tell my public affairs teacher.
Am I going to vote still? Fuck yeah!
Anybody 18 or over in the UK who has the right to vote but doesn’t is giving up such a small, but important right of freedom.
There are people in countries on the other side of the world who aren’t allowed a voice. They will be killed if they stand up to those in power. If they even mutter something that the government doesn’t agree with they will be shot dead. They aren’t given a voice or a say in how their country is run and there is nothing they can do about it.
Whether or not you think the British government listens to the people is a matter of opinion. But not doing something so simple as putting an X in a box just because you can’t be bothered, or you think it won’t make a difference is just damn right stupid.
The truth is by not voting you are making a difference. You are giving your chosen party fewer votes which could have seen them come to power.
The is no excuse for not voting in modern society. Register online. Go to the polls on June 8th. Do a postal vote. Get a proxy vote. Whether you are in the country or not on the day you can still vote. You can register at your home address or your university address. There are so many ways to vote now, and registering takes 5 minutes. So if you have the time to read this blog post then you have the time to register.
You can vote for your chosen candidate or you can spoil the ballot. You are still using your voice either way.
If you didn’t have the right to vote you would soon regret not taking up the opportunity when it was right there in front of you.
So yeah. Register to vote today whilst you still can!
© Emmi Bowles