COLUMN: Make sure your voice is heard and vote


In just over a weeks’ time we go to the polls to choose not only the individual who will represent us in Parliament but also those who will act as our voice at borough and district council level.

All in the newsroom have overheard someone, at some stage, over the last few months say ‘I’m not voting, there’s no point’ or words to that effect. We couldn’t disagree more.

At the last General Election the turnout for the Boston and Skegness constituency was just over 60 per cent - that means that some 27,000 registered to vote didn’t bother.

But how many of those voted for the winner of X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent? A trip to the polling station only takes five minutes.

This opportunity only comes around once every five years and it is important your voice is heard.

Whether you pick your candidate for their party colours or on their personality, if you don’t vote, then do you really have a right to moan about what happens?

At least if the person you voted for didn’t get in you can argue ‘it would have been different if the other chap/woman got in’ and if you did back the winning candidate and you’re still not happy then make sure you tell them!

Democracy has also come at a cost, so do we not at least owe it to those who make sure we have this right to vote, to do just that?

But who will get your vote? Well, that’s where we hope we can help. This week we have asked each of the Parliamentary candidates to tell you in their own words why they think you should make the effort and head out to the polling station. And next week you will have the opportunity to see what the local election candidates have to say.

So come May 7 where will your ballot paper be? In the box with a cross next to the name of one of the candidates or left in the polling station untouched?

We know where all of ours will be... and that comes at a cost to our reporting team - because if there’s more votes to count, then it will take 
even longer to declare the result!