"Voting is an important part of the political process - but it doesn’t have to end there."

Buster Thompson

Buster | Graduate and voting enthusiast | Christchurch

I think young people can become disenchanted about politics for a number of reasons.  One situation I have had to grapple with lately was voting for a party where I agreed with most of their policies but I took issue with others - especially in recent years where a few popular trends have arisen around the world and more of our own political parties are jumping on the bandwagon. 

It is not easy to vote for a party where you disagree with something that they have expressed because if you do end up voting for that party, does that meant you tacitly agree with that policy?  I know many of my friends have had this concern and some have even thought about not voting at all as a result.

I think this is why it should be reiterated that voting is an important part of the political process but it doesn’t have to end there.  Vote for the party whose policies best match your worldviews but if you passionately disagree with something then you should take action to fight it.  Let the party know what you think.  Ring the party candidate in your electorate.  Talk to your local Members of Parliament.  Volunteer with groups who express your views.  Attend protests that matter to you.  Write petitions.  Make submissions on relevant bills.

Everyone should vote in this upcoming election, but I also hope that people get excited about everything else that shapes what happens to our country.

 

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