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Monday, 20 April 2015


My birthday this year coincides with the UK general election and whenever someone asks me what I would like my answer has been: 'If you're unsure about it, I'd really like you to consider using your vote'. The deadline for registering is today and even if you ultimately decide not to vote, I truly think it's worth registering to keep your options open.

Ultimately I know that I can't make anyone go, the choice is an entirely personal one and I will always respect someone's decision, but I really want everyone to believe that your vote, your voice, your opinions matter and can make a difference even if it doesn't feel that way.

Sometimes politics can be a baffling and seemingly impenetrable subject, but there are some brilliant online tools (thank you internet!) to help us to decide which party best represents our views; PositionDial and Vote for Policies are great. And you may ultimately decide that no party is deserving of your vote, and in that case I think spoiling your ballot paper says it all.

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  1. Lovely post Jennie, nice to see someone talk about voting and still be respectful of other peoples decisions. I've seen loads of people telling others who to vote for, their political views are wrong, they must be stupid and lazy if they don't vote etc and to me those attitudes go against what this is all about. You're right, choices are personal and it's so important to respect other peoples decisions whether you agree with them or not x

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  2. I learned a little bit about voting in my sociology class, and I think the reasons for why people decide not to vote is very interesting, but let's not focus on that haha. Technology and social media is becoming a powerful tool for encouraging the younger generation to get active and participate! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  3. I'm really excited to vote but I know a lot of my friends aren't going to do it which is a shame :( This is the first time I get to vote in a General Election so I'm really looking forward to it :)

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  4. I 100% agree. The outcome really does affect us individually regardless of what people think so it's important to use your vote. Great post xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

  5. What a lovely birthday wish. It's the last day to register today! I really hope everyone does.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

  6. I think that's a great thing to tell people when they ask what you want for your birthday.

    Even though I'm going to be away, I will vote this year because I don't think I can complain if I don't vote, and we should all vote because things affect all of us. I do get why some people don't vote though, it's so overwhelming and most of the news around it mostly consists of politicians slagging each other off and talking about what other parties have done, instead of what they want to do.

  7. I totally agree. No one can expect change to happen on it's own, we all need to take responsibility and assert our right to vote, whatever our beliefs or views x

  8. I'm always baffled by people who complain about the system yet do not make the effort to vote or say they don't care about politics because it makes no difference. I can't vote in this country for the general election as I don't have a british passport but I vote for all the local ones because basically everything is politics!

  9. I'll definitely be voting this time around but I'm a little torn between two parties. It's so tough! I hope I can make a good choice :) xxx

  10. Speaking true words of wisdom as always lovely Jennie. I must say this year I feel even more compelled to vote, especially after reading such a poignant post as yours. I haven't voted for the last few years, I just didn't bother, but I'm definitely going to try and change that this year. Hopefully I've wisened up a little since my first time voting at 18... I went for the party that sounded the most upbeat and fun, mentioning "social clubs" and the like, but my mum was appalled when I got home and told her I'd voted for the Russian Communists ;) :D

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  11. I can't understand people who don't vote, or even spoil their paper. It is so important to give your view, I really hope everyone does!

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  12. I agree! One politician, I have forgotten who it was, said that voting was like ordering a meal at Nandos. If you get everyone else to order for you, you are more likely to get something you do not want and you cannot complain about the results. You have a greater chance of getting exactly what you want if you go order your meal yourself. :)


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