The General Election: Why You Should Use Your Vote


The General Election is here and it’s time to have your say. If you’ve registered to vote, make sure you visit your local polling station and make your choice. Your vote could be the one that makes the difference, so why would you not take that opportunity?


Women Can Make The Difference

Thought your one little vote didn’t make much difference? Well, 9.1 million women didn’t vote in 2010 – that’s more than the population of New Zealand!  Last time, women made up 52% of the electoral register.

Together We Have Power

Over 2 million new people have registered to vote since 16 March and over 700,000 of those applications were made by 18-24 year olds. Let’s stand up and be counted.

No vote, no voice

Higher taxes? No jobs? A longer wait to get a doctor’s appointment? If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about any of these things.

> Make your decision count


Your Vote Creates Change

If more young people decide to vote tomorrow, the government will have to create more policies that affect you directly. Maybe that’s creating new jobs for graduates, or putting more money in your monthly salary? It matters.

Because we can

We have a democracy and the right to express how we feel – and that’s a gift! Plenty of countries including North Korea are run by dictators who don’t have to listen to their people. 

The Suffragette

: In the 1900s these women spent years campaigning for women’s right to vote, and in countries like Saudia Arabia, women still don’t have the right to vote. Isn’t it worth doing it, just because you can?

Happy Voting!


By Catrionna Innes and Giselle Wainwright