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With the election date nearing, all we seem to hear on the news these days is politics. Well, more than usual! I see convincing arguments for each electoral party (except maybe UKIP) all over my Facebook and Twitter news feed.

I’m more than happy to read each person’s views on opposing parties, but what I hate seeing is when people don’t want to vote. I often hear “my vote doesn’t count, what is the point in voting?” In my opinion, this is far from true. If 20,000 people decided not to vote then that is a large amount of people who had a chance to potentially change the way our country is run for the next few years.

One thing we must not forget is how lucky we are to be able to vote. So many countries do not have this ‘privilege’. People have died in our country in the fight for the right to vote (serious topic, but it rhymes), and many people are still dying in other countries to be part of a democracy. The more of us ‘younger generations’ that vote, the more the government will listen to what we need. This goes towards issues¬†such as tuition fees, help finding a job or getting on the career ladder. I personally feel that rather than giving up and saying voting doesn’t matter, we should be encouraging people to look more into voting and why it matters.

If you are able to vote, I highly recommend making the effort to either go to your nearest polling station or register for postal vote. There are options for everyone. Even if you don’t agree with a political party, you can choose to vote ‘none’, which is recognised a lot more than not voting at all.

For more information, this link is extremely useful. I don’t mean to sound like I am preaching, I just want to encourage people to inform themselves on how they can make a difference. You don’t need to tell anyone who you vote for, or get into any political debates. Just go for who YOU think will benefit your life the most. We are all living in different circumstances and are all at different stages in our lives. Don’t let anyone tell you that your vote is wrong

Another useful link is:¬†http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-vote/why-should-i-register-to-vote which also leads to a link to register to vote if you haven’t already. There’s only one more week left to register.

My next post will be a lot lighter, I promise. I just felt that this was an important topic to talk about.

Amy xo

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