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As per the title - what are your reasons for voting in the general election?

Are you planning to vote tactically? Or maybe you just want to exercise your right?

Alternatively, if you're planning on not voting, what is your reasoning behind your decision?

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Im not voting because all the options are terrible, also restricted by this thing called my date of birth
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I'm not voting because there is not one political party deserving of my vote
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I'm voting because I personally believe that those who choose not to vote at all don't get the right to complain. It would be good if we had an option for "none of the above" for those who don't align with any party or independent.
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I'm voting because I personally believe that those who choose not to vote at all don't get the right to complain. It would be good if we had an option for "none of the above" for those who don't align with any party or independent.
What?! If I'm voting for "none of the above" in a general election, what am I actually voting for? A country run by nobody? Sounds logical, it really does...
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I'm not voting because of my age but if I could I would.

The younger generations are important because we have to live with he consequences for the longest but i don't think that some of the tactics like free uni are the best way of winning a vote.

If I were to vote it would involve a lot of research into who was best so yes I would vote tactically not just to exercise my right.

I don't think saying (Generally not just from other answers) that I am not voting because there is not a suitable candidate is the right way to go but if there were an option to find new candidates that would be good too!
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Of course I would vote if I was old enough, that's the only thing restricting me. I will be on the electoral roll as soon as I hit 18 and will be ready to vote at the next opportunity. People who didn't vote in the EU Referendum are now complaining they would have voted Stay. Sorry, but you're too late and we're leaving
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Voting because our age group's turnout is *****y as it is and is barely half of the turnout of the elderly gen who won't live long enough to be truly affected by the outcome of the election/s anyway
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What?! If I'm voting for "none of the above" in a general election, what am I actually voting for? A country run by nobody? Sounds logical, it really does...
It's used in 12 countries (Columbia, Ukraine, Brazil, Bangladesh, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Chile, France, Belgium, India and Greece) so it does work in practice. It's essentially a protest vote (the same as abstention by choice or a spoiled ballot) to say that you want to exercise your right to vote but don't agree with any of the parties. Obviously it would only be a small number of people voting that way (so you'd still end up with a candidate as normal) but exit polls etc. could be used to determine which groups vote this way and why so that parties can address the situation. Personal opinion entirely but I like the sound of it
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I'm voting because I want to ensure that my current career goals can stay open and not get slashed
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Labour of course. I don't want the country destroyed and the NHS privatised.

Also to the people not voting, just know that I don't want to hear any of you complaining if any policy is implemented that you don't like.
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Labour of course. I don't want the country destroyed and the NHS privatised.

Also to the people not voting, just know that I don't want to hear any of you complaining if any policy is implemented that you don't like.
LAST ELECTION 22.1 MILLLION VOTES WERE USELESS.
74.4% OFTHOSE WHO VOTED HAD NO IMPACT.
why bother?
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I'm voting but I'm not actually sure why. Would feel bad about not letting the higher ups know I have an opinion of some sort, I suppose. Dunno whether I'm actually gonna vote for anybody or just spoil ballot at the moment, but then my opinion on that seems to change every other day.

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I'm voting because I personally believe that those who choose not to vote at all don't get the right to complain. It would be good if we had an option for "none of the above" for those who don't align with any party or independent.
It's called a spoiled ballot mate.

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LAST ELECTION 22.1 MILLLION VOTES WERE USELESS.
74.4% OFTHOSE WHO VOTED HAD NO IMPACT.
why bother?
If everybody except one person in each constituency in the country used your logic those guys alone would control who ran the country. The election system as is is wholly unrepresentative, but not voting will only guarantee that you have 0 impact.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shIOZdEzkiU&t=10s
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(Original post by discobish)
As per the title - what are your reasons for voting in the general election?

Are you planning to vote tactically? Or maybe you just want to exercise your right?

Alternatively, if you're planning on not voting, what is your reasoning behind your decision?

(FYI - the most interesting comments may be included in an upcoming community article! )
Well because if I turned up at a church hall and demanded to exercise my democratic rights on some other occasion, the vicar would call the police and a doctor.


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Can't vote in a foreign election
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(Original post by Thomazo)
Can't vote in a foreign election
Then why comment?
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Then why comment?
Freedom of speech
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Freedom of speech
Bit of a pointless comment thats all.
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Bit of a pointless comment thats all.
Pointless comments are not prohibited in a free society tho.
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