Why should you vote in this year’s election?

6 May 2015

by Leo Capella

Tomorrow, voting will be happening across Britain. There will be council elections in some constituencies as well as the big one, the general election. But why should you bother?

They’re all the same, aren’t they?

Believe it or not there are different policies at play and they could have significant consequences depending on which parties get into power.

Guy Parckar from Leonard Cheshire has written a summary of what the different parties' manifestos say about disability and social care.

And on Vote for Policies you can look at the different policies behind the different news articles and do a survey to see which party’s policies match your beliefs.

It won’t make a difference, will it?

Oh yes it will. Politicians and political parties actively listen to people who are likely to vote. If they think that lots of people are interested in a particular issue, then they are much more likely to take a position on it.

This means that showing up at the ballot box and being counted is important regardless of whether the candidate that you’re backing has a chance of winning or not.

Polling stations are legally required to be accessible for disabled people. If you have problems with accessibility on voting day, the Electoral Commission has a factsheet on disabled people’s voting rights.

It’s your choice whether you want to vote or not. But politics won’t go away — and neither will politicians. So use your vote and make sure the politicians who share your views know they have your support.

Leo Capella is a disability activist and one of our local campaign supporters. He tweets as @TheSnakesTweet.

Find out more about voting and the general election.

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