The right to vote, as stated in the Human Rights Act, is defined as:
“The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot or by equivalent free voting procedures.”
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 214
For me the right to vote is special and important, as a black female I have twice the reason to be so invested in the right that was fought so hard to be given to me. In 1918, after the suffragette movement, women got the right to vote. Women like Emily Davison and many more died for a law that women like me now take as natural human fairness. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed in America which allowed African-Americans the right to vote, this allowed black people to vote along the rest of the population.
How the nation is governed is a topic which has been discussed throughout the ages around the world. In 1658, Oliver Cromwell overthrew Charles I and became Lord Protector. This was the English Civil War, where thousands died over the question of how the nation should be ruled. In France, the French Revolution is when the people took control of the government between 1789 and 1799. In Russia, the revolution in 1917 involved the collapse of an empire under Tsar Nicholas II and the rise of socialism and a communist state. Hundreds of other wars, revolutions and parliamentary debates have taken place over time to establish the best way for countries to be governed.
For me this is a right that’s been fought too hard for to go unused. As a legal adult, of voting age like the majority of the student population of UCB, I urge you to use your right to vote.
Registering to vote is so easy, it takes less than 5 minutes, follow this link and fill in the form https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Voting is a basic human right. We use our other human rights; the right to start a family, right to education, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, the right to a fair trial and many more. So when we’ve got this amazing right to vote that so many round the world are still fighting for under dictatorial regimes and horrific conditions and situations. Why wouldn’t we use this?
The next local government election is on Thursday 3rd May 2018, and the next general election is on the 5th of May 2022.