Electoral choices

Less people are bothering to vote in elections – local, European and national – than ever before.

Dissatisfaction with politicians’ performance, disgust at their behaviour, a realisation that we are sold cataclysmic nightmares rather than offered dreams … More of us feel disenfranchised, sold-out, cynically abused, ruled rather than served. Consequently, less of us participate in the electoral process, instead, perhaps, choosing to bury ourselves in the X Factor or X-Box.

But if voting doesn’t provide us with enough say over our lives, surely losing even that meager opportunity should be unthinkable?

Sheffield Council wants to remind locals that they must register on the electoral roll in order to have their say in this year’s elections.

City council elections are being held on Thursday May 6th this year, and there will almost certainly be a parliamentary election held on the same day.

But unless people register to vote, they won’t be able to have any say in who serves their city or their country.

Anyone over 18, living in Sheffield and a British citizen, or a European Union or qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK, can register to vote by phoning Sheffield City Council on 0114 273 4093 or online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/elections.

Don’t like any of the parties or candidates on offer? Why not write “none of the above” on the ballot paper? Vote to reject rather than opt to stay at home silent.

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