Theresa May recently announced her plans for the snap UK General Election, which is to be held on the 8th of June. The past few years have been rife with voting, and even more politics and debate may be grating on your soul. But now more than ever, it is imperative that you use the vote you are given by your democratic right.

Voting turnout is being highlighted more than ever, as it hit a twenty year high during the EU Referendum vote across the United Kingdom at 72.2% last year.

This is up from the 2015 election which saw a 66.1% turnout. And obviously living in a democracy means the more and more people that vote the better. It means when the result comes through it is a true representation of what the country wants from its government in the long run.

This is a key factor that needs to be addressed, especially for younger voters, which applies to the majority of us university students as well. The troubling statistic to highlight is how less than half of the 18-24 age bracket voted in the 2015 election, at 43%. Hopefully we can see a far better turnout on the 8th June. Everyone deserves to have a say in how this country is run, it shouldn’t be taken lightly and your vote is never pointless. So don’t pass it up or think your opinion doesn’t matter.

If you need to register to vote in the UK, you have to be at least 16 and to do so you have to go on to the government website. Be sure to have your National Insurance number to hand as well as your British Passport number if you are not currently in the country. The process of registering to vote should only take about 5 minutes. You can also register to vote by post if you can’t make it to a voting station on the 8th June. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, you need to have done so by 11:59pm on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

If you need any help deciding on who to vote for, I recommended talking to your friends and family with an open mind. But be careful, as opinions will differ and political conversations can get very heated, very quickly. Moreover, look over a few news websites as they can give a variety of different perspectives on every political party.

Obviously it’s not my job to tell you who to vote for, but it is important for me to highlight this unique opportunity for us all to have a say on the future of our country. So get out there and hopefully we can all make it through this election unscathed.

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