Labour? Conservative? Liberal Demo-somethings..? Seriously, when it comes to UK politics, I am useless. On the flip side, ask me what I think about Kylie Jenner’s lips or Kendrick Lamar’s new album and I will give you the full run-through.
This is the problem with me – and a lot of girls my age. Politics has never really been a hot topic for discussion and as the general election creeps upon us, a lot of young women are none-the-wiser. This is why I am so grateful to have been invited to the #XXVOTE campaign launch by Youth Media Agency last night. It was a real eye-opener and a truly amazing project.
Believe it or not, ONLY 39% of women aged 18-25 voted in the last general election. This shocking statistic shows that when it comes to deciding how the country is run, we are the minority! Why do you think over-65s get such great benefits while young people’s interests remain at the bottom of the pile? I’ll give you a hint: A LOT more of them vote. If politicians see that more young people are voting, more policies will be introduced in our favour. Long story short – if we don’t vote, WE DON’T MATTER.
So.. this post is for the girls out there that were like me. The girls who are not yet registered to vote. The girls who watch ‘Prime Minister’s Question Time’ thinking politics looks more like a playground rap battle than something that affects their life.
Girls, here are 3 reasons why you should get registered:
- It takes 5 minutes!
Really, it is that quick. Click https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, enter a few details and voilà, you’re done.
- You don’t need to pick a party yet, just register!
No research needed, simply register. Even if you end up going into the polling booth and scribbling because you don’t think any deserve your vote – at least you did it.
- There is a possibility that you will get micro-chipped if you don’t!
You think this is a joke? Sometimes, we forget that parliament can do whatever they please. If the next ruling power decides to micro-chip us, we will really have no say. Like I said, if we don’t vote – we don’t matter.
Support the campaign by spreading the word on every social media, tweeting the hashtag #XXVOTE, following @YouthMediaA and most importantly – registering!
The aim of the #XXVOTE campaign is to get as many women as possible registered by April 20th – Let’s get it!