FROM THE STAR
As the election looms, it’s worth reminding everyone of the importance of voting.
I know, you’ve been told that many times and don’t need reminding again. Wrong. Our turnout remains a national disgrace and it’s time everyone admitted there’s a collective responsibility to ensure we all take advantage of this precious right.
And that is exactly what it is. In the last general election in 2014, 77.9 per cent of registered voters exercised that right. While that doesn’t sound too bad, any cursory examination will show that equates to just over a quarter of a million voters didn’t actually bother to vote.
The least represented group in the country are the 18 to 30-yearolds. Their lack of interest was endemic and it’s no use them saying we should engage them better so they care. It’s their responsibility to exercise their democratic right, and it’s up to them to do just that.
So come on everyone, ensure the young person or persons in your life get out by Saturday and vote – it has never been easier.