Good Morning Monday Motivation fans! It’s shaping up to be a pretty great week so I hope you’re ready for it! As you read this I will be sitting at my new desk, in my new office, on the first day of my new job! I only got confirmation of the new position a week ago so I was cutting it fine but as I said all those weeks ago…something would turn up!
So I hope you’ll excuse me but, for one week only, I’m doing something slightly different for Monday Motivation. I have teamed up with a number of other bloggers around the UK to try to motivate everyone to vote in next month’s General Election. If you’re like me you’ve probably had it up to here with politics at the moment! We had a General Election not that long ago, then we had Brexit and then we had a new Prime Minister. Since then we’ve also been keen observers of the US Election as well as other local and council elections so most of us have probably had enough. This, unfortunately, is where the problem lies. When people get disheartened, feel like their vote won’t make a difference or even think the result is a foregone conclusion then they tend not to bother voting and this does nothing to help create change.
If you’re unsure why it is so important that you should vote then checkout these top 10 reasons to vote. The most interesting point in this article for me was that you can leave your ballot blank if you do not agree with any of the political parties. By actively going to the polling station and not selecting any candidate you become a voice for the disengaged. Blank Votes and Spoiled Ballots are read out along with the results and are also included in reports so your apathy towards the political parties will be heard and not just forgotten. Did you know that in the last election 33.9% of the population did not vote and this amount was greater than the total number of votes tallied by any one individual party!
Since I have been old enough there has only been one election in which I did not vote. My reason was that I simply hadn’t had the time to read up or find out what the different parties were campaigning for and I felt that I would not be making an informed decision. Since then I have made it my focus to ensure I know and understand what each party is about before I go to the polling station and make that decision.
I’m really not a big fan of politics but I do know that it shapes my future and my children’s future and so it’s therefore my responsibility to learn, read, understand and most importantly vote. I am quite traditional in the fact that I think our votes are personal and so I certainly won’t be discussing who I will be voting for on 8 June but you can guarantee I will be there with my little pencil putting an X in the box of the party that I feel will support me and my family the best.
So, if nothing else, I would encourage you to do a bit of research over the next 2 weeks. Read up about what everyone is offering and make an informed choice and, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to register to vote!. Don’t be another uninterested statistic…vote because it’s your right, your responsibility and your children’s future. If you want to find out more or follow today’s activities on Twitter search for #NotThe33
Until next time…