At the start of this election campaign I was worried that the distrust in all politicians resulting from the expenses scandal would impact on the turnout. There looked to be a real danger that less that 60% of those registered would actually bother to vote.
But I think that the new interest in the election generated by the two TV debates will have removed this danger. We may not get to the 80% level that was reached in the 1950s but the figure should exceed the 59.4% and 61.3% of the last two elections.
There are clear differences between the policies of the three main UK parties. And that is what voters should consider when making the choice of where to place that all important X – not simply who performed best in the debates.
I hope as many voters as possible will make the effort to take the short journey to the polling station and to record their view. This is an important election, possibly the most important in thirty years, and the more people who vote the greater the legitimacy our next government will have.
It’s your democratic right to have your say. A right that was only won after struggles lasting generations.
And it’s also your civic duty to play a part in our democratic system.
Vote for a candidate you feel would best represent your area. Vote for the party you most want to run the country or against the one that you really don’t want to win. Or vote for a minor party or independent candidate if you want to register a protest against the main political parties.
Politics affects everyone. Tax, education, health, etc., etc. They affect you.
So unless you are really so apathetic that you’re actually happy for anyone at all to make the crucial decisions on your behalf, get out and vote. You will have a representative in parliament, so surely it makes sense to help choose who that is rather than leaving it to others?
Why sit on the sidelines when you can take your part in the action? Why opt out of something that has an impact on your day-to-day existence? If you consider yourself to be a logical and rational person, then surely voting tomorrow is an absolute must.
This is an election that will decide which party, or perhaps parties, has the task of reducing our massive deficit and sustaining the fragile economic recovery. It is a crucial decision for our country to take. And we should all be a part of it.
This is also likely to be the last election to be fought on the current first past the post system. And that means every vote will count as the parties argue over a new and more proportional way of election our MPs. So if you hate the current system, or think that your vote doesn’t count as you live in a safe constituency, vote to change the system.
This election will make a difference. There is a real choice. And every vote will count.
Don’t let apathy or cynicism prevent you from taking part. Get to the polling station tomorrow and vote.