10 April 2015
Just 44% of eligible younger voters took part in the 2010 general election. This is significantly lower than the turnout for the middle-aged and elderly.* I’d like to think I’m preaching to the converted here but just in case here’s a few top reasons why you should make sure you cast your vote on the 7th May.
1. It’s free! All you have to do is register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and then follow the instructions on your polling card. Don’t forget the last day you can register to vote is 20th April.
2. It’s your right. Not every country in the world is democratic and there are a lot of people who would jump at the chance to be given the vote.
3. If more young people vote then politicians will make policies that benefit us. The politicians see the voting statistics and make policies that will help them get votes. If they know they’re more likely to get votes from the older generations then those are the people they’ll tailor their policies to.
4. You can help your local community. Our local MPs can take issues to parliament for us and local Councillors have an effect on important local issues like planning, schools, libraries and bin collections!
5. Blank ballots. Even if you remain cynical and decide that none of the parties are up to scratch, going along and leaving your ballot blank is better than not turning up at all.
6. Being registered to vote improves your credit rating. Very important when going for a mortgage, new car or a shiny new credit card.
7. If you don’t vote you can’t complain.
8. Money matters. The elected government will be deciding how much of your money is taken away in tax. They’ll also have an effect on job creation and unemployment.
9. Safe seats. Even if you live in a safe seat constituency your vote is still vital. If you give up then things definitely won’t change. If lots more people come along and vote then that safe seat might not be so safe anymore.
10. It’s so convenient. Polling stations are everywhere and are open from 7am to 10pm. Alternatively you can even apply for a postal vote.
*Statistic taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26271935
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