Today’s the day people. Today’s the day we make history. Today is the day we cast our votes and decided who run’s the country. Today, if you’ve been living under a rock for the last 100 days (at least!) is General Election Day 2015!
I’m a bit of a political geek, I LOVED studying politics whether it was in theatre or in journalism and I’m a firm believer that if you don’t involve yourself in your country’s politics, then you can’t complain about it. We are a country of complainers, and, to me, you lose all right to complain if you don’t even vote.
I know you could make an argument, that women should vote because the suffragettes (and suffragists, the often forgotten bunch) fought tooth and nail for votes for women, but this isn’t the only reason you should vote. Everyone should vote, because we all have a voice and we all, at some point in our lives, complain we don’t get listened to. This your chance to be heard and have your voice counted!
To sound cliche, your vote could make a difference, especially in this election. Whether you vote Tory, Labour, Lib Dem or whoever (please not UKIP though…) if you have any clue about this election, you should know it’s going to be close, and likely a hung parliament. Every vote at this point genuinely does make a difference!
But, if you are voting, and whatever the reason you’re voting for, whether it be because women fought for the right or whatever, make sure to know what you’re voting for! It’s great you’ve agreed to vote, but don’t just vote and throw it away. I’m not saying you have to read an entire manifesto; but it takes a whole a five minutes to look online HERE to see where the main political parties stand on the issues that matter most to you.
Don’t just vote because you can, make your vote matter, vote for what you really want. I’m not under any illusion that all the changes I want to happen or that party promises will happen, or that they’ll happen straight away, but without voting for what you want and agree with, they might never happen.
So, do a little research, head to polling station, cast your vote and become part of country’s history. This election has already made history and it’s not over yet, so give yourself a chance to complain!