You've probably heard on the grapevine that UK prime minister Theresa May has announced a snap General Election on the 8th June. The dust has barely settled from the EU referendum decision and now the country’s society is expected to make another important decision. It's pretty overwhelming isn't it?

I'm quite passionate about the state of our country and the political decisions made by our government. We all have the opportunity to influence the future of our country if we make sure we take on the opportunity to vote. This will be 3rd time I've had to vote for something, every vote as passionate as the other. Reading statistics where young people, my generation are the lowest percentage to participate in the vote are the ones which we need to educate on its importance not only to our futures but our nows.

Maybe it's the fault of the education systems for not teaching young people the basics of the vote, why it happens and why when we're at the consented age to vote, we shouldn't bypass the opportunity. There's something I can do myself on the run up to the election and that's to use my influence as a blogger. A blogger who votes to tell you people out there undecided on whether to vote or just have no interest in doing why you should be getting involved.

In the 2010 General Election more than 70% of over 65s voted compared to only 44% of 18-24 year olds voted. (Ipsos MORI Statistical Analysis Company)

Voting Counts are a fantastic self funded organisation which aim to educate young people about politics in simple form to help you make an informed decision when voting, because it's just as important to do your research before voting then initial voting.

So why is it important to vote in the 2017 General Election? Here's 4 reasons why I will be voting on the 8th June….

Get the politicians working for you.
It is an unfortunate understanding that the politicians will sometimes take note of voter turnout before making their key decisions on policy. So if a specific turnout is high, then politicians may be more likely to make a policy that benefits this demographic to please them rather than looking at it in generalised terms. So this could end up in subsequently enabling them to win votes from other parties and retain the support of these demographic groups.

I'm not happy with everything in the UK right now. 
There's something in this country which we all don't agree with, whether that's the stance on things such as BREXIT, education, jobs, the future of the NHS then it's up to us to speak up on those things. If we spent all of our time and effort doing nothing about the stuff we're passionate about then nothing would improve, it's important that we use that time and effort to good use. I know some people would say that their one vote doesn't make a difference, but if we all thought that then surely the voting system just wouldn't exist?

Voters in safe seats still count.
Voting Counts drew me towards this point, definitely something I hadn't thought about previously and definitely worth thinking about. If you leave somewhere where there is a safe seat consituency doesn't mean that your vote won't make a difference. If you don't vote for the candidates you want then it could result in those being the speaker for your voice in your area. Also parties can benefit from opportunities in a 'Short Money', funding depending on the overall votes they recieve. So they really could make a small difference in your area.

If not now, when?
If you don't vote now, then when will you contribute to the future state of your country. If you didn't have time to register to vote then please do talk to those closest to you about what's important to you, maybe you can contribute to their final decision in a positive way.

I think some of the best advice that I can offer you if you are undecided on what your decision will be come June 8 then I would urge you to think about this. Think about what's important to you, what are you passionate about in your country that you want to change? If you don't know who can do just that for you, research. There's some fabulous resources online to help you understand the various parties, research those representing your area. Why not drop them an email, I had a local MP turn up at my door recently and I wish I engaged in a conversation with them because they aren't the party I won't be voting for. But email them, chat to them about what's important to you and see what their feedback is in how they'll best represent you.

And also please don't political shame someone else's opinions on who they'll vote for, it's all a personal decision and what they believe in is different to you and that's ok.

I just hope that the future for the UK is brighter and voting on June 8th is going to be a small step I can make to contribute to that.

I also did an interview with Voting Counts, I'm Emmie and Politics Affects Me

thanks for reading,