I’ve just been and voted. It only took a few minutes, the polling station is within walking distance. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal really, but that just shows how fortunate we are. There are places where people face violence for exercising the same right I have just, so casually enjoyed. I live in what is considered an ultra safe area so the chances of our current MP being replaced are slim to none, but even so I can be sure that my vote will be counted and that only the votes of those who made that minimal effort to turn up and make their mark or arranged a postal vote in advance will be counted alongside mine.
I don’t like the current government and I like some of the parties standing against them even less. To be honest there isn’t a single party I am 100% in favour of, but even if my choice of government won’t win this seat at least I can vote against the ones I really dislike. It’s good to know that even if they win outright they will know that there are people like me who object, perhaps it will be enough to sway their minds on some of the policies.
I have no idea what the outcome is going to be, but I think it was worth taking part.