General Election: 5 Reasons why you need to vote today
Here at The Guide Liverpool we bring you all of the fun, fresh, exiting things that our amazing city has to offer and usually politics doesn’t come under those headings for us. However, today is the day of the 2017 ‘snap’ election and we want to encourage everyone to use their vote.
With Jeremy Corbyn, Threasa May & Tim Farron all visiting the Merseyside area in the last month, we know they have an interest in how we vote. You have until 10pm TONIGHT to do so and here are 5 reasons why we think you should:
1. It’s REALLY easy
Your polling station is usually in your local school, church hall or youth club which should be a short walk or drive away. You don’t need your polling card, just your name & address and the lovely people at the polling station will do the rest! Why not make the most of it and take a friend or family member with you then grab a drink afterwards? The polls are open from 7am-10pm so go before work or on the way home, there’s really no excuse!
2. You are giving YOUR generation a voice
18-25 year olds actually hold the most influence in this general election: if every single one of them voted we would see a much broader spectrum of what the UK actually wants. More than 70% of over 65s turn out to vote; when compared to the 44% of 18-24 year olds it’s shocking to see how the younger generations vote isn’t being heard. Get out there and make YOUR mark!
3. Democracy SHOULDN’T be taken for granted
Fair enough, you may feel as though your vote won’t make a difference BUT you should still use it as there are people all over the world who would love the privilege of doing so! We all know of the struggles of the suffragettes so all you ladies out there, think of what Emmeline Pankhurst would say if you wasted your opportunity that she fought for.
4. The MP you vote for is there to help YOUR local community
Your MP is a direct voice, speaking up for you in the House of Commons. Their job is to fight for the values that your community are passionate about, so whether it’s issues related to local healthcare cuts or passing a new law they always have your local area in mind. You can actually email, call or arrange a visit with your MP to discuss what you want them to help with.
5. If you REALLY don’t want to vote for any parties spoil your ballot
The official advice for if you DON’T want to vote for any particular party is to spoil your ballot. This means not putting the all important cross in any box and leaving it blank. Your ballot won’t count towards any parties total however it will show that you DID TURN UP to vote and that there wasn’t a party that represented you. The empty ballots are counted and included in the final tally. If you are still undecided you can take a quiz to see what party represents your thoughts and feelings here: https://uk.isidewith.com/political-quiz#