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UK Parliament Week 2022: Why is it important to vote?

To mark UK Parliament Week 2022, we’ve been sharing information designed to serve as a refresher, or an introduction, for some everyday political process facts which may be easily lost in the whirlwind of news and information. AVOW were assisted in compiling this information by our volunteer, Mike Ashfield.

We’ve been looking at differences between Local and General Elections, Councillors and Members of Parliament (MPs), voting for your Local MP and how the Prime Minister is chosen, and the differences between Welsh & UK Parliament. For our final topic today, we’ve chosen…

“Why is it important to vote?”

Given current circumstances, it’s understandable if you’ve been left wondering if your vote REALLY matters: you might be feeling unrepresented, or like current policy doesn’t provide for you or solve the issues which are causing you problems… You may even have lost faith in all the various choices on offer to vote for.

But then, times like these, when costs are sky-high, keeping afloat is hard, and so many people are worried and anxious for the future, are precisely why voting is so important – and why your vote matters! Your voice counts, and expressing your views through voting is crucial for the UK to remain a democracy…

  • Decide who makes the decisions on the issues you care about.
  • Voting is important even if you don’t think your candidate will win.
  • Many movements have campaigned to give you the right to vote.
  • MPs represent your area in Parliament.
  • Voting is a way to show support for Electoral Reform.
  • You can leave your ballot blank, or spoil it, if you do not agree with any of the political parties.
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