By the end of today we would have been through three major election days all of which have been as important as the last, within a two year time scale, this is something unprecedented in my time of being able to vote.
Back in 2015 I wrote a post about the importance of getting out and voting, stating that regardless of which party you vote for it was important to use that vote. Well it is still very true today.
Although we have had three election days within a two year time scale we are very lucky in this country that we are able to vote. Regardless of age (with the exception of the under 18s), sex, faith, political ideology and dare I say “class” we all are able to have a say on who runs the country.
Today I will be going to our local Polling Station and casting my vote for who I think will be able to deal with the problems this country currently faces and the obstacles that we have to get through within the next five years.
Who I’m voting for is personal to me but it doesn’t matter in the long run who you vote for as long as you vote.
Did you know that it was only in 1918 that all men finally were able to vote and that women who were homeowners got the right to vote also in 1918, however it wasn’t until 1928 that the rest of the population were eligible.
However fast forward almost 100 years and people now seem to be less likely to vote then ever before. According to a Ipsos Mori Poll (figures correct of 2010) featured in the Daily Mirror in 2015, just over a third of young women aged 18 to 24 turned up to vote and only 50% of young men. Also across all age ranges in the 2010 election 9.1 million women and 8 million men decided not to vote out of 45,597,461 registered voters. That’s a lot of people that just either didn’t bother, couldn’t be bothered, or thought that there was no point. Granted a percentage of those who didn’t vote would have been people who couldn’t for various reasons, such as ill health.
In the EU Referendum last year the figure of people that voted was a lot higher at 33.6 million people voting. However the likelihood of the same amount of voters turning out today is remote therefore people need to get out and vote.
As I said at the beginning it doesn’t matter who you vote for as long as you use your democratic right and place that vote.