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Local elections 2018

Local elections 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter holidays and have made the most of the sunny weather we’ve been having these past few days.

This week I wanted to talk about something that I feel very passionately about: voting.

On Thursday 3 May, there are local elections happening across England. You have to register to vote, and the deadline was the 17th of April. But if you haven’t, you can visit this website and register ready for the next one.

The vote is for local councillors, who are the people who represent you on your local council. They are responsible for decisions regarding council housing, education, libraries, local transport, parks, roads, waste and recycling to name a few.

I believe very strongly that we should use our right to vote. As a citizen of this country, elections give you the opportunity to have your voice heard: if you don’t vote, then you can’t complain about the government because you haven’t tried to change it! Young people have the lowest voter turnout consistently in elections, and I don’t want to be a part of that problem. Politicians want make the people that vote happy so that they’ll continue to vote for them, they’re not going to pay attention to young people if they don’t vote. There are lots of people around the world who don’t get the democratic choice that we do, and so we should make the best use of our right. We just passed the 100 year anniversary of some women getting the right to vote. These women fought, marched, protested, debated and even died to get the vote. I will not take their sacrifices for granted.

I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but you can take this quiz here (which is based on the 2017 general election) to get an idea of which party you align most with.

Finally, please remember to vote on 3 May.

Until next time,

Ellie x

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