Note on votes

Note on votes

Note on votes

First published in Letters by

WHEN I got in from work on Thursday I was accosted by my teenage daughter who asked whether I had voted. I replied that I had not yet as I had received no information about any of the parties’ policies or the candidates.

She then told me of her internet research and of what she had gleaned. When I went to vote, I invited her with me, as she will be voting next year and I thought the experience would be valuable. We did have a chuckle at some of the candidates, who I’m guessing will lose their deposits; but job done, we received a rude comment from the woman at the desk: “At least you found it entertaining”.

Had they realised the thought and research that went into my vote, I doubt they would have imagined that it is something anybody would take lightly. We also noted that; other than myself, everybody else voting was a student/of student age.

Young people are serious about political issues; it affects their futures. Maybe the Government should take note.

Karen Feetham Sanderson, York.

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2:16pm Sat 24 May 14

Bad magic says...

Good for her, and good for you! More people should take participating in the democratic process this seriously. Nay sayers and smug cynics aside, it is genuinely important.
Good for her, and good for you! More people should take participating in the democratic process this seriously. Nay sayers and smug cynics aside, it is genuinely important. Bad magic
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9:52am Tue 27 May 14

SpinningJenny says...

Excellent letter! I'm 21 and all of the people I know of my own age are hugely interested in politics and are keen to use their vote to try and make what difference they can. I'd be interested to see the voting turnout breakdown by age group because I'm confident it would show how underestimated we are as a group - political parties should be more concerned with the youth vote instead of perpetuating the stereotype that we are lazy and uncaring.
Excellent letter! I'm 21 and all of the people I know of my own age are hugely interested in politics and are keen to use their vote to try and make what difference they can. I'd be interested to see the voting turnout breakdown by age group because I'm confident it would show how underestimated we are as a group - political parties should be more concerned with the youth vote instead of perpetuating the stereotype that we are lazy and uncaring. SpinningJenny
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10:29am Tue 27 May 14

old_geezer says...

Good for your daughter.

"I had received no information about any of the parties’ policies or the candidates". Democracy depends on people participating, not passively accepting. In this age of the internet, any excuse about lack of information rings hollow.
Good for your daughter. "I had received no information about any of the parties’ policies or the candidates". Democracy depends on people participating, not passively accepting. In this age of the internet, any excuse about lack of information rings hollow. old_geezer
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