Make your voice heard: Register to vote!
It’s not that long now until the cut off to register for general elections. We aren't usually lucky enough to be given a second chance to change our minds about a vote we so dreadfully regret. If there was any lesson to be learned from the past two elections in the UK and the US, is that every vote counts. The idea that "my vote doesn't really matter" isn't getting our generation anywhere. Its time we take responsibility for our future and do our part as active citizens of the country and the world.
Let’s all remember for a moment that feeling of shock and disappointment that was felt after the news was delivered that the UK would be leaving the EU. The feeling of having someone you’ve never heard of, make a decision for you that you don’t agree with. Like you have no voice of your own and you no controle. It didn’t take long for things to go downhill after that. Within hours, politicians back-peddled on their promises. Case in point, Nigel Farage did a huge U-turn on his promise that the £350 million a week that was being paid to the EU would go to the NHS. Some of the 29% of young voters that voted to leave were interviewed within the following days, wishing they could go back and change their vote. If only we had a delorean or two to wizz us back to May 2016. Some voters weren’t even sure what leaving the EU even really meant with, “What is the European Union” embarrassingly hitting the most Googled term just hours AFTER the vote. So let us use this second chance and really make it work for us.
Young people are no longer the future, we are the right now and it’s time for everyone to come to term with that. We need to be selfish, think of the things we want for our future, and take actions to prepare for it. The older generation wants things to go back to the way things used to be, but that’s impossible. Too much has changed for us to go back in time. Don’t think that your vote will not make a difference. Only 36% of people under the age of 24 voted in the EU referendum. If you are unhappy with the way things are going, then now is your time to make your voice heard. Do not blindly believe the media or vote for a party because everyone else is. Make sure you do your research. And then research your research. Talk to your friends and family about who they are voting for. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In fact, make sure you do. With the way things are going, old people will get all the benefits and die getting what they want, leaving us to live with the mess they made.
Here’s what you need to know about voting. First you have to register. It takes about 5 minutes to do. Once that is done, do your research on each party manifesto, what they believe, and how their plans could benefit you.
Register before the 22nd May at: