Thursday, 6 May 2010

Election Day

Suffragettes, 3/4 length, in street (LOC)
N.Y. Suffragettes (LOC)
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Today is election day in the UK, and I just want to urge all of you who are eligible to get out and vote. Less than a hundred years ago women couldn't vote at all here, and less than 200 years ago you had to be a landed gentleman and you had to tell everyone who you were going to vote for so if people didn't like it they could find you and beat you up. It always amazes me that something so fundamental about living in a modern democratic society, that so many people fought for is thrown away every election day because people don't care or can't be bothered. 

I was so keen to vote I actually got a postal vote and voted early! If you're registered and haven't been to a polling station yet today there is still time, please go!

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9 comments:

Helen said...

I completely agree, I hate people who say 'oh politics doesn't affect me, they're all the same politicians, I can't be bothered to vote'. Arggg. I'm about to go and vote myself.

Leia said...

I'm so glad you posted this, Harriet! I voted, of course, and have got my fingers crossed for the outcome.

daisychain said...

I was up there bright and early to place my vote :)

Adele said...

What a great post!
Im going for a walk in a bit to vote!
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E is for Eleanor said...

Great post! I voted at half seven this morning before work and plan to set an alarm for 5am so i can find out as soon as (reasonably) possible who has won. :D

the crafty currant said...

This morning when I woke up I thought I might vote but I really wasn't that bothered if I never made it (disgracefull considering the polling station is only 2 doors down) but then I read your post and it made me feel so guilty and ungrateful because some really brave people worked their arses off so I could walk in and put my cross on the box. Thank you for the wake up call ... if I'd only seen you post 10 years ago I mightn't have wasted so many opportunities!!

Sarah said...

Totally agree. Went to vote at 8am yesterday and found it quite emotional - thinking about the responsibility of my one wee vote and the good fight that women of the past had fought to endure I have it. Poss a touch of PMS, but eyes were welling up as I left the polling station! xx
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Sherin said...

I literally ran to the polling station on election morning. It was the first GE I could vote in so I was very excited, and actually working on a campaign on election day is so much fun.

Jen said...

I went and had my say and I can't understand why anyone wouldn't! Even if the decision has turned out less than perfectly, at least we can say we were part of it. I can't imagine being an outsider!