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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.

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