This is a pretty random yet necessary post. In case you didn’t know our Prime Minister Theresa May made an unexpected announcement that the UK will have a General Election on the 8th June 2017. This news comes less than a year after the referendum vote to which Britain voted to leave the European Union despite only a 72% UK voter turnout.
The majority of those who wanted to leave were from the older generation.
From the age of 18, you have the right to vote. You have the right to have your say how the government operates our public services, benefit and tax systems, implementation of laws and ultimately your future. Don’t waste that opportunity because the right wing media says you don’t matter. They’re playing mind tricks so they can have it their way.
Understand that you are the future.
So here are a few things you need to do over the next three weeks so you are prepared to vote.
- Register to vote – you will need your National Insurance Number (or British passport if living abroad) and follow the instructions via this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Understand ways to vote – if for any reason you cannot be physically present on the day to vote, please know that there other ways to vote in the General Election. You can vote by post or by proxy – somebody votes on your behalf. You can read all about this information here: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote
- Educate yourself on UK’s political parties – There are seven parties participating in the 2017 General Election – all who represent different cultural and social class groups.
Conservative (Tories) | Labour | Liberal Democrats | UK Independence Party | Green Party | Plaid Cymru | Scottish National Party
- Read the manifestos – I cannot stress this enough. This is not a popularity contest. Do not let the media headlines manipulate your vote. I have attached website links above to the party’s current manifesto which have been made available as of today. Other ways of researching into the main party’s policies are via YouTube or their social media channels which you can find via their websites.
VOTE(!!) and encourage other young people to vote too. – Voting only takes about 5 minutes out of your day.
Don’t waste it.
Quick recap of important dates:
Monday 22nd May, 11:59 pm – Deadline to register your vote
Thursday 8th June, 7am – 10pm – Polling stations open to vote (You will receive a polling card with details of your nearest polling station)
Friday 9th June, early morning – Results released.