So, it seems that we have an impending general election in December. I want to encourage everyone to vote.
I’m quite a politcal beast and one thing I’m really passionate about is voting (if you’re eligible) so here are my top tips for voting in the UK:
Just effing vote. If you only read the first tip that’s fine! Vote! Did you hear me? Vote! Got that? Good. Oh, and VOTE!!!
2) Register to vote in the UK
In order to vote you need to register to vote, you can do that here. I’ve even put the link in for you, aren’t I nice? Get it done – now, or after you’ve read this. Whatever.
3) Postal Voting
If, like me, you are a lazy bastard, poorly, likely to forget to go to the polling station, going to be on holiday or all of the above you can register for postal voting. Honestly, you don’t need a legitimate reason to postal vote, you just can. You can register here. If you miss the deadline this time you can still vote at your polling station and postal vote next time. Once you’re on the postal voting register you stay there as long as you fill out and return any of the forms they send you (which they do from time to time).
4) Do your research in the political parties before you vote
Make sure you are voting according to your own principles. Don’t let anyone else sway you, not your mum and dad, significant other, Dave down the pub (even if he does seem like a nice bloke). Take their opinions on board by all means but ultimately make sure you are voting for a party whose policies reflect your ideals.
5) Don’t be biased
Make sure you don’t just read papers or watch the news that are biased towards one particular party (Yes Fox, Murdoch even the BBC I’m looking at you). By the same token social media is biased (remember Cambridge Analytica?). Hell, I’m biased! I’m openly a lefty so I won’t be sharing anything that is positive about the Conservatives or the right wing parties – at least I’m being honest. You get where I’m coming from, make sure you use a variety of sources of information.
You are unlikely to find a party that matches up with 100% of your ideals I’m afraid so you’re going to have to compromise a bit here but I’m betting there are some policies that you are glaringly against or strongly for.
7) Vote for a party not a leader
OK that is my personal opinion but remember that the media are going to tear the leaders to shreds.
8) Do not spoil your vote
Please, please if you’ve gone to the effort of registering to vote, please don’t spoil it. Yes the spoilt papers are counted but that is NOT going to change the wrongs of the country in the short term. Please vote for the party you find the least offensive.
9) Make a difference by voting
Don’t think you can’t make a difference? You can. Do you know how many people DON’T vote? 33.9% of eligible voters in the 2015 general election. That means that over 1/3 of eligible people DIDN’T vote. Think 1/3 doesn’t make a difference? Imagine if someone ate 1/3 of your cake or drank 1/3 of your drink – you’d be pretty pissed off wouldn’t you? That’s how much of a difference it could make.
Did I say VOTE? VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!!
Feel free to share the crap out of this to encourage everyone to VOTE on December 12th
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