UK Election 2015 – Your Vote Is Vital
It is too late now if you haven’t already registered to vote, but if you have, this election is the first one where the outcome is not predictable – no-one knows who will be in government on Friday 8th May. Your vote is vital, especially if you are one of those people who usually chooses not to. If you are one of those people who feels disenfranchised, you are the one with the power in this election.
I have written four articles for Pilot TV News summing up this election – read and share this article. Help others make the right choice for them. You have a lot of choice, but unfortunately not every election borough has the same choice. That is our current state of “democracy”. Scotland and Wales have six parties, England has five, and Northern Ireland also has six. You can make your informed choice through the information provided in this article: http://pilottvnews.com/2015/04/who-to-vote-for-uk-general-election-voter-guide/
But you may not have the choice others have – proportional representation would sort that out but we haven’t reached that stage of elective evolution yet. Tactical voting has been talked about a lot in the media, and it may be the right choice for you in your particular borough. What does it mean to spoil your ballot, and how can you do that so it actually counts? This article gives a thorough accounting of what your real options are: http://pilottvnews.com/2015/04/tactical-voting-how-to/
So many people don’t vote. The reasons for choosing not to are many and varied, but are not heard. Those who are discriminated against in society; women, those of BAME (Black and Ethnic Minority) identity, the disabled, and the young (18-24), are least likely to vote, but together they make up far more of the electorate than each individual realises and have the real power in this election. We are no longer a two, or even three, party system. Take the power you have and own it. According to Operation Black Vote, for example, 168 marginal seats could be decided by the Black and Asian electorate in those boroughs. You have the choice, so use it! http://pilottvnews.com/2015/05/who-votes-and-who-doesnt-vote/
I know who I am voting for, and have written about my choice in this earlier blog. Use the tools in this blog, and through the links provided, and make an informed choice. Whether you like it or not, those who are elected will have control over your lives for the next five years. You may say that nothing ever changes, but take a brief look at history. Women won the right to vote, elections created a government which ended slavery, discrimination became illegal and homosexuality became legal – political change can and does occur.
Your vote is the start of that. Not voting does not show disaffection; your motives are not known. Apathy and silence can be taken as complicity with the status quo. Don’t let yourself be silenced. Make your views known, loudly and often. Vote in this election and you will be heard. I believe that is just the start of the political process; get active and get loud. Be the change you want to see.