December
10
Author
David Ash
Election 2019 - Use your vote!

We all have the right and responsibility as citizens of our country to care for our collective future. Each one of us should make the most of our position to ensure that our future is brighter, more caring and more hopeful.

One way in which individuals can demonstrate their care for our national future is by voting.

As a church we do not support a particular party or political persuasion, but we do want to encourage everyone who is eligible to vote!

We would encourage you to vote with your conscience but if you are struggling to know how to vote then there are a number of ways of analysing the information avaialble to come to a decision and you can find some of these resources listed below:

        1. Vote for Policies site: voteforpolicies.org.uk 
        This site helps you compare what each party are saying about issues which you care about.

        2. Who should you vote for site: whoshouldyouvotefor.com
        This site asks some basic questions about where you stand on certain issues and helps you work out which parties have policies which are similar to your point of view.

        3. BBC Who should I Vote for: https://jub.onl/38hVFAy  
        This page helps you compare the various party manifestos with summaries of the key points and key policies.

As Christians one thing we can be sure of is that we are called to be on the side of those who are left out, forgotten and abused, whether socially, economically or politically.

Choosing to be on the side of the poor and disadvantaged isn’t really even about voting the right way or for a particular party. It’s about making sure that the privilege we take for granted is used on behalf of those who do not have the same voice / privilege. We have the ability to ensure that our country, it’s legislation and systems are built in such a way that we break down those divisions which cause inequality, poverty, exclusion and exploitation.

It matters that we take part in this process because despite what we might believe our vote counts and will impact the direction our country takes and how our society is built at least for the next five years but may be even longer!

You may feel like it is easier not to vote because you aren’t sure what to do but in reality, that demonstrates your privilege. You may feel that you are in the fortunate position that voting won’t make a drastic difference to your prospects. If that is the case then please use your vote to fight on behalf of those who are not so privileged.

At the very least the old argument seems to stand true, if you don’t vote, you can’t grumble because you didn’t use your right to have your say!

Where do I go to vote?

If you don't know where your polling station is visit: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 12th December. You don't need your poll card to vote, but you must vote at your assigned polling station.

You don't need ID with you to vote but you do need to be registered to vote!

Photo Credit: Polling station sign (London), Polling station / Voting booth in Battersea, London, UK by descrier.co.uk