The snap election is taking place on the 8th June and registering is now over. If you have registered but are unsure whether to vote or not, then this guide is for you. As an individual, you have a responsibility to have your voice heard and reflect the issues most important to you. Politics can be quite confusing especially if you haven't studied it, so it's worth researching and reading upon current events to help you get more informed.
A snap election is an election called earlier than expected. In this case, the conservatives called a general election a few years earlier than planned. A general election is an opportunity for people in every part of the UK to choose their MP - the person who will represent their local area (constituency) in the House of Commons for up to five years. This comes on the back of The EU Referendum held one-year prior on the 23rd June 2016. Whoever gets elected in the snap election will be the prime minister leading us through the process of leaving the EU. Students and young people are stereotyped for not caring about politics and therefore not voting. We have put together a list of the top three reasons voting is important if you are debating whether to cast your vote on June 8th, 2017.
1.The younger you are, the longer you’ll have to live with the consequences
Policies affect the things that matter to you, for example, tuition fees and loan payments in regards to students. If you have a certain view on an issue, vote for it. Elections don't come around often, so you have a limited window to make a change. Policies that are put into place now will have implications for years to come, so whether you think this election affects you are not, it certainly does. We would recommend that you research the parties and their manifestos to help you decide who to vote for. The Mirror have put together a list of the manifestos and highlighted key points for you, so now it couldn't be easier to read up on them.
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2. If you don’t vote, you make it easy for politicians to ignore you
You can bust the stereotypes - if you’re between the ages of 18 and 25 there is a perception that young people don't care. During the EU Referendum, only 36% of young people made up the vote (ages 18-24). This shows the gap in the demographic for young people. If MP's think you won't vote, then they won't put in place policies that reflect your needs, for example, factors such as tuition fees and education. Voting gives you a voice and means politicians have to listen to what you want.
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3. If you don't vote you can't complain about the outcome.
Voting is free, it doesn't cost a penny to have your say, so you may as well. There's nothing more annoying than seeing a Facebook rant about an election result, then finding out the person who wrote it didn't even vote. Voting is an important democratic process, and it shouldn't be something that's passed up. Instead of complaining about a situation, do something about it. It's understandable that people can get overwhelmed with all the policies, but the more research you do, the easier it will be to help form a decision.
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