Will you vote in the 2015 General Election?

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National Voter Registration Day is taking place on 5 February 2015 as part of a UK-wide week of national action (2-8 February) to inspire young people to register to vote. 

There are still people across the county that have not registered to vote, and if they don’t register by 20 April 2015 they will not be able to vote in May’s parliamentary and district and parish elections.

It’s the over 50s who have the real voting and spending power. We are the most politically engaged of all age groups, and are the people who nearly always vote in the general elections. We are the demographic that already controls 80% of disposable wealth in the UK, that will constitute 50% of the population by the year 2020.

However, only 65% of people actually voted in the 2010 General Election.

Have you voted in all previous General Elections? What are your views?

Will you vote in the 2015 General Election?

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joant2574
20th Apr 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
SovereignInventory
29th Mar 2015
0
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As I have commented earlier, I do not know who to vote for, the only party that has shown any interest in me as a voter at this election is UKIP, having called me and posted correspondence through the letterbox. I have not had any correspondence or contact from the 'main' parties at all and I don't believe we have a LibDem candidate. We have a Green party candidate but he appears young and possibly inexperienced in life in general. What do I do?
RickOshay
8th Mar 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
Voting should be compulsory; not voting for a particular party, but turning up and making a mark on the ballot paper. If you choose to spoil the paper, that is your entitlement in a democratic society. People have sacrificed everything in the past so that we have the opportunity to vote. There are numerous countries where that opportunity does not exist; they are less fortunate than us. I know for a fact that the candidate I will be voting for will not win; I have never voted for a candidate who won, as I live in an area where the candidates of a Party I do not support always win. I still vote.
nagonthenet
2nd Mar 2015
3
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How would you feel if you were not entitled to vote? Remember South Africa - all those queues when black people were allowed to vote after all those years of not being enfranchised. We should as a nation be proud we can vote.
andbrown01
28th Feb 2015
1
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jugsy
26th Feb 2015
3
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I will always vote.
Women fought hard to get us the vote and therefore should always be used.
I must admit I am struggling this time as to who to vote for.
This last coalition has been a nightmare so I must try and be rational.
snottyotty
23rd Feb 2015
-2
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People who can't be bothered to vote in the election, won't be bothered to vote here either will they? Thus it gives a false indication.
SovereignInventory
20th Feb 2015
-2
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For the first time ever I am considering not voting as there appears no difference between the main parties and their attitude towards the people in this country. They do not represent me (and millions of others). I used to criticize the younger population for not being interested in politics or for not voting but I am so disillusioned with it all.
tammypettifer
6th Mar 2015
2
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No matter how disillusioned you are feeling right now, it is important that you do still use your vote. Have you checked out all the parties manifestos and policies? PLEASE don't waste your vote - if you don't use it, you lose it xx
SovereignInventory
6th Mar 2015
2
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I take your comments on board and I always used to say that 'if you don't vote, you can't complain' but looking at the different parties I see no real difference in their policies, just variations of a theme. I could not bring myself ever to vote for the Tories but the main opposition, the Labour party, unfortunately are a bit of a joke - they should be 'shining' in comparison to the shower that is in power, but, really .... Miliband & Balls in power? Could/would not vote UKIP as thay are just watered down Tory Thatcherites. So what do people suggest I do?
misterblueskye
19th Feb 2015
3
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I live in Wales,I usually support labour,but they took us into this mess we are in,we need to let the conservatives lead us out of this mess.
Poppy1
10th Feb 2015
4
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I am lucky to live in Wales and have a real alternative to the accepyed economic theories in Westminster.
lizfid3
10th Feb 2015
4
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Yes I vote but am having serious problems deciding where to place my cross this time. I am not happy with Cameron and his "partner" Clegg. I am not impressed by Milliband. I have been listening to their speeches and promises and think they all assume we are stupid. The promises which are gushing forth as the election approaches are all pie in the sky. No substance to any of them or credible sources of funding for them. I do not like protest votes as they just cause more problems, like coalitions, but will have to give a lot more time to listen to the main parties to see if I can pick up any glimmer of hope somewhere.
tammypettifer
6th Mar 2015
-3
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Have you considered UKIP?
JaneyW
7th Feb 2015
9
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Voting in a general election should be compulsory for all those eligible to do so. There should be an abstention box included for those who do not agree with any of the parties' candidates standing in their area so a true reflection of people's feeling can be gauged. In this way everyone will know that their voice has been heard.
snottyotty
23rd Feb 2015
1
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Better be a large skip for the abstainers, I reckon there would only be 630 voters! ( Oh and maybe their families)
daydreams
7th Feb 2015
8
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I can't see why you wouldn't vote, other than apathy or laziness. If you don't vote, then you have no right to moan about what happens in Parliament. And let's not forget the struggle women had to get the vote - to waste it, as a woman, would seem to deny all they did and make their efforts a waste of time.
Bill Marshall
6th Feb 2015
4
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I haven't missed a vote for forty eight years, always voted Labour till last election when I voted LibDem becaus of the war criminal Blair, but seeing what the Coalitionhave done to this country I shall return to Labour.
Lizzieg
15th Feb 2015
3
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mountainman
6th Feb 2015
4
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MOST CERTAINLY WILL,IYS EVERYBODYS DUTY TO VOTE AS SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE PAST PUSHED SO HARD FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE
pieinthesky
6th Feb 2015
5
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I forgot to say in my previous post that I am against postal voting because of the opportunities for fraud. There should be exemptions for the disabled or infirm of course, but what's wrong with the able-bodied having to go to the Polling Station in person? Even a spoiled ballot paper is better than not voting at all. I think those are counted in the turn-out.
pieinthesky
6th Feb 2015
4
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I used to think that registered-to-vote foreign nationals could vote in local elections and referenda, but not General Elections, but recently heard a political programme which gave me the impression that foreign nationals could swing the vote. Have I missed something?
Loyalist
8th Feb 2015
5
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Pieinthesky. I think you'll find if they hold a British passport they are allowed to vote in all elections. Many of them have duel nationality
Kinesco
6th Feb 2015
6
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Voters judge party's on their promises made within their manifesto. Whoever wins usually ignores or changes those policies. We need a new magna carta law that makes them keep those promises otherwise our elections are a pure charade.
homo.liberis
6th Feb 2015
3
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"We need a new magna carta law..."

Is the one we have not sufficient?

Clause 61 of Magna Carta makes it clear that if the People are wronged by the Crown and no remedy is forthcoming after all steps have been exhausted, that the People may take whatever action is necessary to obtain satisfaction without fear of reprisal. As Sir Winston Churchill wrote (A History of the English Speaking Peoples -1956) “The underlying idea of the sovereignty of the law, long existent in feudal custom, was raised by it into a doctrine for the national state. And when in subsequent ages the State, swollen with its own authority, has attempted to ride roughshod over the rights and liberties of the subject, it is to this doctrine (Magna Carta) that appeal has again and again been made, and never as yet, without success.”

There is claim that section 61 has been lawfully repealed. By whom and under what proper mandate of the People of this realm??? It was 'repealed' by the very people it was created to proect us from! Section 61 is just as valid today as it was previously. It just needs defending and enforcing by us lot. I defend and enforce it every day and am constantly saddened how few people these days have even read Magna Carta or the Bill/Claim of Rights. Apathy and ignorance are how you erode a nation's heritage.

Declaration of Arbroath 1320
" It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

I don't need a "new Magna Carta".....
nimrod33
5th Feb 2015
7
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too right, The suffergettes died to allow women to vote
jol
5th Feb 2015
4
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well said Wilf (Y)
goldenbee
5th Feb 2015
8
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Yes I always vote. Women died to get me the vote. Even though I know the system and parliament is nowhere near perfect if you don't vote you can't complain about anything they do.
homo.liberis
6th Feb 2015
4
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Women died to get you an elective franchise vote. They protested to become enfranchised. Its worth looking into what that is. It was an eye-opener exercise for me.
futch
5th Feb 2015
4
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Yes use your vote, let the prospective candidates know your views. Voting should be on a Sunday.
biker babe
18th Feb 2015
2
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Voting on a Sunday!
futch
18th Feb 2015
4
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Voting on a Sunday would stop the closure of schools and other venues and give others the opportunity to vote in a more relaxed way than having to rush from home or work. It should also be compulsory.
Kelly1419
5th Feb 2015
7
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I will definitely be voting. I think voting should be compulsory. Politics affects everybody. I do not agree with the postal vote unless you are registered disabled. There is too much scope for fraud.
Jo Kingham
5th Feb 2015
6
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I agree with you Wilf, if you don't vote you can't complain. I always vote.
Baxi
4th Feb 2015
6
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I agree with Wilf, our vote is a democratic right and it was fought for by many people - it is precious. It is our opportunity to influence what happens in the UK.

We need to stand up and be counted. Now is not the time to be apathetic.
Wilf
4th Feb 2015
8
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Totally agree Baxi..especially when you see so many people with no right to a free election and we have a right to vote with no intimidation
Wilf
4th Feb 2015
10
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We should vote we have the right and we cannot complain about policies and laws if we do not exercise our right. We have fought for freedom to vote and freedom of expression for hundreds of years. This election is a key to our future and I think different than many others as its not a 2 horse race as usual...Vote...its your democratic right
homo.liberis
6th Feb 2015
3
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Victims, serfs and servants complain, Wilf. A free man or woman is neither of these so has no reason to 'plea'/beg. You've got it back to front. Doesn't Government work for us? So why are people complaining instead of demanding from them?

Best way to 'complain' about bad law is to take it to court and have it tested and repealed/changed, not just bleat about it to an MP in the vague hope he/she will give a damn. If challenging bad law in the new corporate courts doesn't work for you then make your stand as a man and withold taxes and compliance as a last resort. If enough people got off their backsides and did that we'd get rid of these bad laws and policies quick-style. That's how it used to work in this country anyway...

Bleating and whining and passing the buck to someone else to sort out our issues is being asleep at the wheel, my friend.
homo.liberis
4th Feb 2015
-8
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I've removed my name from the electoral register and noticed the electoral officer to record this as a vote of no confidence in the entire rotten system of 4 year tyrannies.
Motherof05
5th Feb 2015
2
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... and so you become a nobody!!!
homo.liberis
6th Feb 2015
0
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I do not understand your comment Motherof05. I have become my own master and choose to represent myself and my family and defend my own property and interests rather than electing some stranger to misrepresent me that I do not know or trust. Far from being a 'nobody' (poor choice of word, incidentally) I am someone. Our Constitution provides that. Why is it that if I do not surrender to being entered on an electoral register that it would appear you think I have no standing or status? Forgive me my confusion as to your response.

Are you aware that an MPs formal hierarchy of obligations is first to the economic welfare of the State (i.e protecting the Bank of England and the City of London and speculators), then the general well-being of the populace (I can look after my own well-being thanks and am not a herd animal), then their political party and policies, and right at the bottom is the concerns of you lot - the squealing electorate. This response came from the House of Commons on the back of an information request in case you were wondering. I might have added some emphasis here for dramatic effect but I didn't make up the hierarchy. As an elector your concerns and desires are fourth on the list of priorities for your elected MP! Think about that when you are next crossing the box.

Its all a matter of trust and after years of lies and scams and deliberate deceit being practised by 'our' elected representatives and their party whips I don't trust a one of them. The whole system is now even being reported in the mainstream media as being infiltrated by criminal cartels, big money, big corporations, lobbyists, political 'fake' charities, and a whole raft of other special interest groups. The alternative media has been breaking these stories for far longer than the mainstream. Dare I also mention current attempts at investigations into paedophile rings at all levels of local and national government and how the parties and institutions of government and the judiciary balance protecting their own interests above that of the poor victims. I can never forgive the blanket of secrecy that has been brought over paedophiles and paedophile gangs for decades to protect the establishment. I think of what these thugs have done to our children and I can never forgive them or anyone who has covered for them. While I have every respect for you I do not have any respect for 'The Establishment' and it is my view that a vote for any political party is a vote of confidence in 'The Establishment'. Hence why I and my family have recorded a vote of no confidence. I can't help you further if you do not know the power of a vote of no confidence.

Good luck with the election and I hope that whomever and whatever you vote for delivers some of their promises. You'll get played and you'll all be whining about the same stuff in 4 years.

Truth be told, as a Libertarian I did have some interest in UKIP and their economic policies but I do not trust Farage or Carswell. Both are creatures of The City! As a Libertarian I believe in a minimalist government that knows its place and understand that it is the servant and not the master. Not one party is talking about downsizing the State apparatus or giving precedence to our individual liberties and freedoms.

Oh and if you check the royal website you will note that Brenda is now an EU Citizen and a British National. Have a good think about the ramifications of that little beauty.

Its time to wake up and smell the coffee, perhaps. This is not a democracy any more! Do you really believe that your votes and opinions have any effect whatsoever on anything that has already been agreed by the guys who really run this country? Parliamentary elections only give an illusion of democracy to keep the peasants pacified. Its worthwhile looking up David Davis' very powerful speech on 'Parliament and Liberty' given in the Speaker's House last October. You can find it on Youtube. I don't trust him but I do like what he has to say about how Parliament has been negligently asleep at the wheel and allowed the unelected Executive to run the show. Interesting to hear your thoughts on what he has to say....
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A noble sentiment, but how does it work in practice?
Archiebald
4th Feb 2015
10
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Tyrannies sounds a bit drastic! I have been to a fair few countries and as well as the Scandinavian countries/USA/Canada/Oz/NZ the UK is the most democratic country in the world. Tyranny and UK is an oxymoron..this is the country that fought alone against the most monstrous tyrannies ever in 1939...& won!
homo.liberis
6th Feb 2015
-4
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And were they fighting to win something, as you suggest, or were they rather fighting to defend something worth dying for? I would suggest the latter.

Is there anything you would give your life to defend, I wonder?
Wilf
21st Feb 2015
1
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Interesting question...what would you give your life to defend then?
homo.liberis
6th Feb 2015
-1
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Thanks for the response Archiebald.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tyranny

Tyranny has a range of meanings. Let's focus on despotism for now. From my own research I do not recognise Parliament as being the holders of true governmental power any more and MPs have increasingly relinquished their law-making powers to the EU, the Privy Council and the unelected Executive. Who is in fact running the show these days, and has Parliament been reduced to an advisory body? I mean the big and important decisions on important stuff? Would the international and national power brokers trust that uncertain outcome to the great unwashed to decide? Just think of the broken promises of a vote on the EU and the undemocratic surrender of this country to foreign powers... I seem to recall a Mr Gordon Brown saying that the people can't be trusted with a vote on the EU. Sounds despotic to me.

This means you and I have very little say or influence on the myriad laws and regulations and orders that are throttling our inherent and fundamental freedoms as free British men and women and our gift for innovation and commerce. Is that what your ancestors died defending? I can assure you its not what my distant and recent forebears fought and died for.

I suggest a re-read of Magna Carta and/or the Declaration of Arbroath.
Archiebald
9th Feb 2015
3
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What would you suggest we replace our parliament with then? Show me a perfect political system-now or throughout history

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