So, if just before the 2010 general election I had started my own political party and if everyone who was eligible to vote but who didn’t on that day had changed their minds and voted for me, then I would have won.
Let that sink in and see why your vote really does matter.
Some people don’t vote because they think it will make no difference, but the numbers show that a huge amount of the population of the UK don’t understand the power that they have.
The percentage share of the vote from 2010 is shown in this pie chart. (The percentages are taken from the BBC website).
At the last general election the Conservatives got the largest share of votes which was 36%.
The turnout at those same elections was 65.1% which means that 34.9% of people who were eligible to, actually didn’t vote.
If you drew another pie chart based on the 100% who could have voted then it would look like this. The largest percentage by a long way is the 34.9% of those who chose not to vote followed by the Conservatives in second place with 23.5%. If you add the coalition parties votes together you get a 38.47%.
38.47% creates a government with a reasonable majority but tragically, 34.9% didn’t consider themselves a large enough group to make a difference when in reality they could have changed the outcome.
If everyone who was eligible to voted then the UK parliament would look very different, but frustratingly lots of people won’t exercise their right to do so.
Too many people give up on trying to make a difference because of their belief that they are insignificant and that things will not change.
We need to realize the power and potential that each one of us has.
So, please do vote tomorrow because your vote really can make a difference.
As we live our lives, let’s also believe that the world can be a better place because of the way we live. None of us can change the whole world, but together we can make a difference to the bit of the world that we live in.
Today, my prayer for our country is that God’s Kingdom would come and that his will would be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
May God give us wisdom as we vote.