Going to Vote 

Voting, one of the simplest but most empowering things humans can do. 

Throughout the UK today polling stations are emerging from their five year hibernation so that we can play our part, however small, in history. They pop up in villages halls, pubs, laundrettes and even a bus just to make sure that people can easily pop out between 7am and 10pm and cast their vote. 

I was still at university during the last election and on voting day a friend of mine decided that he wouldn’t be voting because one vote didn’t matter and what was the point in it all. Our answer then is the same as now; simply because we means that we should. There’s a quote in the film Silver Lining’s Playbook that while not talking about voting or politics at all really resonates with why people should be voting. 

“Let me tell you, I know you don’t want to listen to your father, I didn’t listen to mine, and I am telling you you gotta pay attention this time. When life reaches out at a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, I’m telling you its a sin if you don’t reach back! It’ll haunt you the rest of your days like a curse.”

While I won’t miss my Facebook feed being filled with people flinging metaphorical poop at the opposing parties to their own views it is amazing to see that there is still passion in politics. So regardless of who or why go out and vote today and play your part. 

10 thoughts on “Going to Vote 

  1. Holly48 says:

    Never thought that film would be quotable in the context of politics but hey you did it! Great piece and great tone, vote because you can. Thanks for sharing

  2. Jay says:

    Great to see a post like this! Everyone should be engaged. The votes are ALL just individuals making their voices heard.

  3. Noeline Smith says:

    Across the world and through time people have died in order to vote – who are we to dismiss that struggle with so little thought by not voting when we have the opportunity.

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