Old enough to vote? use it.
Updated: Apr 25
Why voting is important for younger generations
You may think you are not interested in politics but politics directly affects you.
The less of you who vote the easier you are ignored. If you vote then you are more likely to be listened to.
Scottish Independence: Whatever you think of the political parties and their policies, by not voting at the Scottish Government election on 6th May the impression is that you don’t care, including whether Scotland becomes independent or stays part of the UK. Yet a Survation poll in March 2021 indicated 70% of 16 to 24 year and 25 to 34 year olds who have decided, would vote ‘Yes’ in an independence referendum.
Only 34% of 16 to 24 year olds and 56% of 25 to 34 year olds would definitely vote in this Scottish Government election. The same poll shows 85% of the over 65 year olds definitely intend to vote in the election and 68% of them would definitely vote ‘No’ in an independence referendum. If the numbers who intend to vote don’t change, what message do you think the vote result will be and who do you think will get their way?
Climate change: The younger generation are most likely to be affected by climate change, especially in the long term. The more of you who vote the more the politicians have to listen to you. The quieter your voice, the less you seem to care and the more likely your concerns will be ignored and the easier it is for business lobbyists interests to be prioritised. You can’t just blame older generations for climate change if you don’t vote.
You need to vote to get your voices heard. Use your vote, don't waste it.