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Why Should You Vote?

The UK is set for a General Election and we need you. Young people aged between 18 and 24 years old are the least likely demographic to vote.

During the 2019 General Election, approximately 54.5% of 18-24-year-olds (5.6 million) voted in comparison to 71% of 45-54-year-olds, 72.8% of 55-64-year-olds and 78.5% of those aged 65 and above.

The 4th of July is your chance to make a difference. Here are five reasons why you should vote:

- You deserve to have your say on your future

You can help decide who makes the decisions on issues that you care about both locally and nationally. From the NHS, housing, employment and the environment. Political parties also vote towards education including universities, so the outcome can have a direct impact on you!

- You have the right to vote

Other countries don’t have a democracy or the process of voting is difficult. In Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to vote without male permission. In India, Muslims are prohibited from voting. Many people have fought and sacrificed for the right to vote.

- Not Voting is giving up your voice

Even if you attend and spoil your vote card, that is still a statistic and will be read out in Parliament. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the result. Voting makes a difference, however big or small. If 1,000 people decide not to vote because they don’t think it will matter, it can have a significant outcome on the result

- Voting influences parties

If more young people vote it will influence the policies that directly impact them. Political parties will address these concerns and attune to changing the needs of young people. Every vote helps set the direction for these critical issues. Voting is about building a better future!

- Support civic duty

Voting is a key part of being a responsible citizen. It’s a way of contributing to your country.

Make sure you register to vote by midnight on Tuesday 18th June.


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