Why should I register to vote and vote?
Registering to vote is the most important step in the democratic process. Those who are not registered to vote and don’t vote are not in a position to be taken seriously. If you are registered, politicians do have to consider your interest . Voting can make a difference to what happens to you.
Politicians only care about themselves.
Politicians care about who will vote for them. All politicians know if they want to stay in power they have to get people to vote for them. They need your votes to remain in power.
I don’t want anybody to know who I am or where I live.
Whether or not you are registered to vote makes little difference about how much information is held about you. If you are working you need a bank account, if you own a car you need insurance and road tax, if you use a mobile phone, you can be tracked. You are already known!
Politics is a waste of time.
Many of us are unhappy with the performance of politicians. But it’s not a waste of time since the decisions that affect us everyday are made by politicians.
Once you vote for a politician, that’s it. They forget about you.
We often hear this from voters when we speak to them on the doorstep. But it’s in your power to force those politicians to do more than just collect your vote. You can hold them to account. If your local elected politician ignores you, do remember there is always the next time. You can vote them out but first you must be registered to vote them in.
There is no one to represent me or my interest.
As a person of African and Caribbean heritage that is very true since we are under represented in political decision making. There may be politicians from other ethnic groups who would also represent your interest. But if you don’t vote you cannot ensure there will be someone in power to protect you interest.
My vote will not make a difference.
It is a myth to think that your vote will not make a difference. After the General Elections in 2010 research has shown, there are more than fifty seats where African and Caribbean heritage people’s vote could decide the outcome of the parliamentary seats in 2015. In Wolverhampton South West Parliamentary constituency for example, the sitting MP’s majority is only 691 votes. African and Caribbean people’s vote could decide the outcome of the election. So always remember, together we can.
Last time I voted it made no difference, so why should I vote again?
Voting needs to become a habit. If not you will just be regarded as a flash in the pan without the ability to keep going. If politicians can predict that you are going to vote they will plan to include you, otherwise you will be ignored. It is always in you interest to vote so become predictable in that way.