Flippancy over voting (Clare Green)
So the recent EU election and council elections in England produced “shock” results, but are they really so surprising.
If you look at the ammount of eligible voters here in Shetland who total 17,496, only 5,175 bothered to vote with an additional 16 voters spoiling their papers.
Imagine what a difference the outcome would have been if a further 12,321 people or near to this (I do understand that there are some who may not have been in the islands due to unavoidable circumstances) had voted and there had been no spoiled votes.
The phrase that is often bandied about is “voting does not change anything – so why bother to vote”.
Well quite clearly in this instance – “not” voting made all the difference. Mirror these kind of results up and down the UK and the future of democracy is in a very delicate state indeed.
Voting is one of the only routes if not the only one where we as a people have some determination in the running of our country and our destinies. Why is it being treated so flippantly, crutially it is worrying with the independence referendum this year and the general election next year.
Is it really too much to ask that every four or five years or so, eligible voters go to the polling station. It only takes a few seconds. Or pick up the phone and request a postal vote from the electoral office?
The possible senarios that may result through not using the voting process in the near future I find very frightening indeed.