Registering to vote…everyone has their excuses: I don’t have the time; I don’t ‘do’ politics; my vote won’t make a difference.
It takes just minutes to register to vote on the Gov UK website (https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote). With the upcoming general election nearing and the deadline rapidly approaching (26th November) – here’s a few reasons why it’s so important that you register.
This is arguably the most crucial vote in our lifetimes so far. Not only will it determine who is in charge of the country for the next five years, but it will decide: how Brexit is handled; how your taxes will be used (once you leave uni and get your first job); and how your healthcare is dealt with, among so much more.
You might not ‘do’ politics now; but what about in a year’s time, in two year’s time? The party elected on the 12th are likely to be in charge of the country for at least five years. Vote now – thank yourself later.
As for the ‘my vote doesn’t matter attitude’, consider how many people you’ve heard say that. Now imagine if every single person in the country who said that DID register and vote. Your vote seriously matters, even if you don’t think it does.
The government made sure the election takes place during university term time (12th December), because they’re terrified about students voting. So, get yourself registered at your term-time address in Huddersfield and make sure you get your opinion heard.
If you would prefer to vote at your home address, you can still register there and request a postal vote, enabling you to make a difference in your hometown.
If you’re unsure whether to vote at your home or uni address, The Guardian has a really handy tool where you can see where your vote is going to make the most difference. (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/nov/07/should-you-vote-at-home-or-at-uni-students?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR0AISaVLwda1LJYGk69RsZAoYNx2JWQWzvuN5H-CeY4gb6Mx0JMymkHcDo)
With just four days left to register, now is as good a time as any to make sure your voice is heard: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote