So, we’re only a few days away from the polls opening; by this point on Thursday, I will have voted in my first general election. Like many people, I haven’t decided who I’m going to give my vote to, but I do know that I am going to vote. So, politicians, you’ve still (just) got time to persuade me to your cause.
Not everyone is as sure as I am that they’ll be heading down to their local polling station, though. In fact, for some, it’s too late to make that choice, as the register to vote deadline passed a fortnight ago.
If potential voters did what comedian-come-political-revolutionary Russell Brand told them to before today, it will be too late for his shocking new political commandment to vote Labour, as he had claimed the only way to get change was to not play democracy’s voting game.
He was wrong and I’m glad Russell Brand has now changed his tune on voting. Not voting is the one, sure-fire way you maintain the status quo. There will also be someone to vote to keep the same similar faces in Westminster. If you want change, you need to vote for change, and, fortunately, this election is providing an opportunity for that with the surge in minority party support.
A few week a ago, I tweeted a link to an article written by Channel 4 News’ Alex Thompson explaining in his own words – having travelled to some of the most politically constrained countries – why you should vote and it stirred heated opinions.
— Michael Seymour (@michaelgseymour) March 30, 2015
If you choose not to vote, you choose to let someone else decide the kinds of benefits you and your family will be entitled to, you choose to let someone else decide how much you pay for a pint, a basket of shopping and a tank of petrol, you choose to let someone else decide what kinds of schools will be open to your children. I could go on.
But how often to you hear someone who didn’t vote say, ‘I don’t mind how my country is run?’ You don’t, instead you hear them complaining about it. If you choose to not to vote, you choose wave your right to complain.
Good point, well made. VOTE. pic.twitter.com/zs0WxPZ8AZ
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) April 3, 2015
So do yourself, and the rest of the of us a favour. Whoever you vote for, just make sure you vote on Thursday.
Remember to keep an eye on the YourElection15 live blog on Thursday evening and the days following for live updates on the result of the election and the formation of Britain’s new government.
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