During the 2015 General Election, electoral participation was stronger amongst older age groups, with only 44% of 18-24 year olds even voting. Individually, your vote may seem insignificant, but collectively we can make a real difference. Non-voters think their votes don’t count, which is why I have compiled a list of #7ReasonsToVote in this year’s General Election.
- We live in a democracy, which means we can choose who runs our country; a freedom that many countries don’t have.
- Voting is a privilege and has never been so easy. The Suffragette movement fought for women’s right to vote. We live in a society where our race and gender has no affect on our ability to vote.
- The upcoming general election will dictate the next five years of your life. Who doesn’t want to have a say in their future?
- Students are always looking for ways to save money; fortunately, registering to vote is free!
- Voting is an opportunity for change. The more young people vote, the more likely it is politicians will enforce policies beneficial to your demographic.
- Every vote counts in an election. The 2015 General Election saw that in more than half of the UK constituencies, non-voters actually outnumbered the votes cast for the winning party.
- Voting gets your voice heard: if you don’t vote for your own interests, then who will?