Our View: You Have A Voice, Make Sure It’s Heard Tomorrow

It’s not often on this site that we feel the need to put up an editorial view. Generally because the editorial team on this site have diverse political views and even if we tried it would be difficult for any consensus to last longer than five minutes, today is an exception however.

Tomorrow is election day. All of us who have registered will have the opportunity to pass judgement on our Executive and local MLAs.

The ability to choose your law makers is something not enjoyed by everyone around the world.

Nor have many of the generations who have gone before us always enjoyed the right to vote.

Tomorrow, YOU have the power to make a real difference. Not just for yourself, but for your family, friends and neighbours.

We have read with increasing despair the predictions that turnout could fall below 50% for the first time in an Assembly election.

Whilst we believe it is okay to feel frustrated with our political leaders, we equally feel that if you feel disengaged, it is only with your vote can you change what is on offer.

Similarly if you are a supporter of the current Executive, then it is only with your support can you keep what you feel is working, going.

At this election we have more choices than ever before with parties/independents across the spectrum running in all 18 constituencies.

Just 10 minutes out of your day tomorrow can impact what our MLAs do for the next five years.

Our politicians may not be perfect, nor has this campaign set the world on fire, but opting out is genuinely a cop out.

Engaged citizens create an engaged political class and if you think none of it impacts you, take a scroll through some of our soapboxes over the past five years and read the stories of those campaigning for change and see why exercising your right to vote tomorrow matters for others.

In that spirit of “all of us being in it together” please use your vote tomorrow.

 

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