Readers, today is National Voter Registration Day, and polling day for this year's general election is now just three months away. If you have not yet registered to vote, please do so ASAP-please remember that you will need your National Insurance number to newly register to vote.
As a young person myself (I am 23 years of age and turn 24 next month) and Green Party activist I know how important the votes of people like us are in determining the outcome of the next general election, and the long-term future of British politics. The Green Party, now fielding nearly 400 PPCs at this time of writing across the UK (including SGP and GPNI candidates) still ranks high among voting intentions of voters under the age of 25, and I believe it has the right policies not only for my generation, but also for ensuring that future generations can survive. I also call on as many people with disabilities to register to vote as possible, and as soon as possible, because we need to make our voices heard to end the cruelty and misery Iain Duncan Smith, Esther McVey, and their allies have brought upon us, and the neoliberalism which has hurt people with disabilities more than any other group in society.
Ashcroft and Survation Polls are already showing this effect-recent Ashcroft Polls in seats the SNP are trying to win in Scotland (mainly from Labour) show swings of 25% (or more!) from Labour to the SNP (potential swings from the Liberal Democrats to the SNP in Gordon, North East Fife, and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey are almost as high), and in the independence referendum younger voters were more supportive of independence than older voters; this is particularly notable in cities such as Glasgow and Dundee.
The future is ours to see, ours to decide....