Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Why Young People Should Vote

In case you've somehow missed it, tomorrow is the General Election in the UK. The big opinion going around is that there's no point in voting because "my vote doesn't matter". If you believe that here's some stats.

  • 15 million didn't vote in the last election
  • 9 million of those were women
  • The Conservative party had 10 million votes and the Liberal Democrats 6 million.

So as you can see only one more million people voted the current coalition into power than those who didn't vote. If those 15 million missing voters had used their vote wisely, we might not have had the past 5 years of Tories.

In my opinion,  if you don't vote you give up your opinion on the country for the next 5 years. Public transport, the NHS, education, benefits, minimum wage, equality, housing- those are all the things controlled by the government and by giving up your vote you give up any chance of changing this.

I become a modern day Suffragette when it comes to voting, especially to women who choose not to vote. I've been known to shout "WOMEN DIED FOR YOUR VOTE" to ill informed family members and friends. It's only less than100 years since we gained the right to vote. There are still in this day and age where people are dying or being imprisoned because all they want to do is vote for their country's government. When you are so privileged that you get to have a say in your government, it's just irresponsible that you would give it up.

Up until very recent years there were just two "main" parties in the United Kingdom, but in 2010 there was a big shift. A massive unrest because of Iraq, the recession and everything else and the two main parties just didn't give us enough. This time around the once smaller parties; Lib Dem, Green, SNP, Plaid Cmyru, and unfortunately UKIP have an almost equal footing and although it will take a coalition with the "big 2" there's still a chance for these parties. But only if everyone exercises their right to vote.

In case you are still undecided, Becky Bedbug did a great collaborative post with other bloggers about who they are voting for.

The simple explanation is,  if you think "my vote wont matter" it wont. But if you want to be part of the change, vote.


  1. I do agree with you Rachel that every vote does indeed count but have to disagree slightly with your stance. I don't think women died so we could vote - I believe it is so we have the right to a choice. We are privileged to have such a choice - the choice of who to vote for and indeed the choice to vote or abstain.

    Personally, I think everyone should vote and make an informed choice rather than voting for who they have always voted for or who their parents voted for and I agree if you don't vote you don't have the right to moan about important decisions that affect your life. However, I respect it is still a choice - some people have no faith in the current political system and feel it is not right for them to vote and that's fair enough with me as long as they live with the consequences.

    Oh I LOVE a political debate! Get us on Question Time :-)

    1. I agree, its a choice. Its just my opinion that if you don't vote you're making the wrong choice! We've spoken about constituencies being the same for 30 years but I think we could change that and its not by voting for who your partner parents or friends vote for like you say.

    2. I've voted for a different party at every election!

  2. i beleive not voting is a waste, a epwaste of a privilege people around the globe still don't have, but if you don't think anyone deserves your vote then that's what you should say, right there on your voting slip. Not to vote is IMHO is wasteful and an insult to many


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