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5 reasons you should Vote

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Voting. Yeah. I know it’s off brand and probably not something you’d expect to see me harping on about on the blog but it’s so so important, For years I was incredibly uninterested in politics. Even when I reached 18 and had the right to vote I still didn’t take the time to really educated myself on the subject. It’s not something we’re really taught in schools (I mean I knew what the parties were called, but no idea of their values or core messages). Flash Forward and now and I’ve actually realised how important using my vote is.

Today I want to encourage you all to go out to register to vote as well as visit your local polling station. So here are 5 reasons why you should vote....

It’s worth it.

While voting might seem like a chore, it really doesn’t take all that long. Is a quick half and hour to and from the polling station. You have the power to make a difference that effects not only your life and the people and community around you.

The Youth Vote is underused

Often politics isn’t aimed at young people (but they sure are trying, Hello PM's instagram feeds) but we have a voice and we should use it. Each party are spending thousands of pounds trying to appeal to us by using Twitter and Instagram (and failing miserably) to connect with us. They see how much power we could have if we just chose to vote. Politicians often cater their manifestos towards people who are more inclined to vote which is generally older people or people who have specific view points. Year after year I see young people saying they won’t vote because it’s not worth it or nothing will change. It’s sad but in the last General Election less than half of 18 to 24 year olds voted. 

If you don’t vote nothing will change

If you don’t vote then stop complaining about how terrible you think the government is. Not voting means your part of the problem which lets an extreme party into power. If you don’t vote it’s like saying “Well I don’t really care what happens to my country”. Exercise your PRIVILEGE to vote. There are people in the world who are begging for the freedom to choose their own political powers and women fought so hard to make their opinion count. Don’t sit back and not bother at all because YES nothing will change.

Think of the future

Things happening in this general election will have a knock on effect in the future. Think about the world your going to grow up in or your children might grow up in. Topics like education funding, fracking, employment and job training programs and health care all effect young people’s lives. Without having a say on these things now it can have a knock on effect in the future.

Your voice will be heard

Like I said the misconception of not voting  because you think your opinions won't make a difference is so dumb. When your vote is mixed with other like minded people’s votes thats when things start to change. But in the same way if the only people who do turn up to vote are the passionate far right... The louder that voice grows and therefore is being heard and could potentially go into power. We're currently living in an age where an extremist party is getting almost as many votes in the polls as the big two parties. Vote because you can, we have a democracy for a reason and it only works if you actually  do something about it rather than taking it for granted. 

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for because you have to work that one out for yourself. Educate yourself and just do it. Don’t think about doing it. Don’t put it off. It’s really not that much effort. SO GO TO THAT POLLING STATION AND BLOODY DO IT.  I get why people are disenchanted by Politics. I get why people are dissatisfied and disillusioned with the current state of affairs in the UK (or insert your country name here). But what I don’t get is why young people aren’t actually voting or taking an active interest in the state of our country. If we don’t look at our options and look towards change nothing will happen and we’ll just be where we are and never move forward.

You can register to vote right up till the 20th April (which is also my birthday!) at this link https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The bottom line is, You have the right to have a say in how your country is run. It’s an absolute privilege to have and is so vital to our everyday lives. So just do it. Make the country a better place rather than blaming those who do vote for your poor choices.

55 comments

  1. I am so annoyed my 18th birthday is literally a couple days after the general election, so I was being badgered to register but I can't actually vote this year!

    CLOTHING CONSCIOUS// FASHION & LIFESTYLE BLOG

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  2. I have not voted yet, thanks are so complicated in South Africa , but definitely something I need to do

    CANDICE | BEAUTY CANDY LOVES

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  3. its so important to vote even to make a tiny difference!

    www.cutiepiefrizzy.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. So glad to see a blogger talking about the upcoming election. Voting is SO important. I'm definitely going to be talking my readers about the importance of voting too.

    www.currentlyrachel.com

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  5. I would definitely vote if I could (too young!), because I definitely agree with you on how 'if you don't vote, you can't complain'. It's such an important thing to get everyones voice heard, which won't happen if people don't vote. x

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  6. Thank you! So good to hear some words of wisdom from the blogging community. It is so important for young people to vote and better still, so important for women to vote!!
    Annie
    www.anniegreensleeves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I certainly agree that younger people need to start taking an interest in politics, but at the same time i'm finding it so hard to make a decision as non of the parties really suit my views and opinions.

    http://katsbeautytales.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Voting is so important, so many people complain about he way our country is run but don't vote! Lots of my friends are turning 18 in time to vote but their just not bothered because they don't think it affects them but it does!
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

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  9. I think voting is so important young people need to vote, we have so much power but I agree, politicians just aren't connecting with the youth and this is such a shame!

    www.hayleyeszti.com | UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  10. Completely agree with this! Some countries don't have the privilege of a democracy. And it's especially important for us girls to not forget what women had to go through to win over our rights to actually get to vote!
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  11. I'm glad to see a post like this outside of your usual stuff - it's refreshing :)

    Unlike other years, I will be voting this year.

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  12. Voting is so important! We don't realize sometimes that a lot of other people in the world DO NOT have the option to do so, and we MUST take advantage of the opportunity that we are given. Not everyone is lucky enough. Thank you for sharing, you have no idea how many people you could get to vote because of this! It could mean the world xx

    Brooke | brookewrote

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  13. Definitely. I'm s glad you talked about this! Women finally have the vote-so many people suffered (and died) for us to be able to vote! I think its only right for us to appreciate that as well as the other reasons you listed :)
    https://cherieedle.blogspot.com/

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  14. Everyone should vote! your so right! You can't have an opinion if you don't vote! great blog:)
    fairybumpkin.blogspot.co.uk
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  15. i turn 18 just a few weeks after the voting age cap- it sucks!

    Georgia Nicolaou Blog

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  16. I couldn't agree more! Love this post. It's so important to use your vote! x

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  17. HALLELUJAAAAAAAAAAAAH LILY! It is SOOOO important and actually pretty cool when you think about it :)

    sophiecliff.wordpress.com

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  18. I'm 21 and haven't voted yet but since this is the first general election since turning 18 I will be voting. Still need to figure out who to vote for though!

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  19. This is the first year I can vote and I'm definitely going to, after all so many women died just so that we could get the vote! It would be pretty disrespectful not to vote when you know about the suffragettes!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  20. I'm very glad you addressed this rather unusual topic. Voting is so important - especially to stop radical parties from gaining more power!

    http://la-fille-lumineuse.blogspot.de/

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  21. It's the first time I am eligible to vote and I am bloody well going to!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  22. I wish i was old enough to vote! I will next year for sure!
    norawears.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Thanks for posting about something so thought-provoking to the blogging world as well, if you think about it a lot of us are in that youth vote bracket as well!

    Mel ♥ everyword

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  24. Thanks for posting about something so thought-provoking to the blogging world as well, if you think about it a lot of us are in that youth vote bracket as well!

    Mel ♥ everyword

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  25. I've voted in my country a month after I turned 18. It's exciting and it's true votes are worth it.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  26. Really glad you've posted this and I look forward to the video too! It bothers me so much when people waste their vote, and I constantly badger my friends to register.

    So many people didn't vote last time that all together they probably could have formed a completely brand new party and won the election! So sad.

    www.gleepface.com

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  27. Voting is so important but people need to ensure they read up before they vote! Nothing worse than just choosing a box and not actually knowing what you are signing up for!

    www.thestylecheck.com

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  28. Totally agree with you, great post!

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  29. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS, its such an important message to get out there

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  30. I'm 18 so this will be my first time voting and I'm all registered! I agree with you - even if the party we vote for doesn't get in in our area (likely for me!) at least you tried! People moan so much about politicians - do something about it then!

    Polka Dot Penny

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  31. this was a great post Lily and I'm really glad you are touching on important issues beyond fashion and beauty. I am part of the youth who have always felt like my vote would not count and it is honestly a terrible reason to not vote.

    http://splitneedles.blogspot.com

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  32. I think this is the first time I can vote and I haven't really decided yet, but posts like this make me think I should vote from someone than to let in a party that shouldn't have power (cough cough) I definitely need to get moving....

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. Very interesting post! I live in Israel and am underage but have a strong opinion when it comes to my country's politics. We talk about it at school a lot and it's very interesting to me. The elections were last month and I'm quite upset with the result (who's going to be our prime minister) but we don't know yet who will be in the government even though we all have a clear idea already.. We're probably going to continue to have more wars these next 4 years HOW FUN IM SO EXCITED!1!!11!!!

    ZoesSecretStyle.blogspot.co.il

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  34. A great post, I believe if we can vote why should't we, after all so many women suffered for us to gain the vote

    Alisha x
    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. loved reading this post, it's so good that you decided to address this topic! i will be utilising my vote and everyone should do the same, so much has happened to give us the opportunity to vote and it annoys me when people say that their vote won't make a difference, how does that make any sense!! x

    jordaneyasmin.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. YESYESYES.
    I'm so glad someone has made a post about this and highlighted how important it is!!

    Karina xx

    www.thekazlightanthem.blogspot.com

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  37. yes yes YESSS! I'm so glad you wrote this post. I love Russell Brand but I'm so annoyed at him for telling young people not to vote, nothing will ever change if we don't make our voices heard! Chloe x

    www.againstthegrain.london

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  38. Great post! It really is sad that so many young people didn't vote in the last general election. I would have voted if I'd not been 9 and half hours too young but no I was one of those unfortunate people who turned 18 the day after the general election. At least this year my birthday will include popping along to the polling station :)

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  39. Such an important post! x
    http://wearsheiz.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Thank you for posting this! I think everyone should be voting in the election.. So sad to see people like Russell Brand trying to make it seem like the election won't change anything. I'm registered to vote and excited to use that power!

    Emily x
    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  41. You're right, it's so important to vote! Especially us women! People gave their lives for our right to vote and it's sad when people don't use it. It's difficult when thinking about how to get younger people involved though, especially since teaching politics in schools could cause problems with bias teachers etc.

    Sophie | www.dreamsandcolourschemes.blogspot.co.uk

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  42. I think it is so important that young people vote. If you don't vote, you do not have the right to vote to complain how this country is run.

    GreyWalls 

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  43. Unfortunately I just missed out last year, being a June baby, however I will be casting my first vote on May 7th xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

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  44. Amazing post Lily. Don't worry about it being off topic as it's a very important issue. I'm 24 and I've never missed an election since I turned 18! This is a very important election as all bets are off.

    Morag
    www.moadore.co.uk

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