Look who’s voting now…and she made me think we can still change the world!

I just voted and for the first time I was accompanied by one of my offspring. Yeah, I know, I totes don’t look old enough to have an adult child right?!

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I am proud to say she was thrilled to have her say for the first time. She may be less so when the results come out, but disillusionment with the voting system is another rite of passage innit. Up there with first steps and all that.

What I love is she is excited by the whole experience. That for the first time she gets to be involved, have her say, be part of the process. And her excitement rubbed off on me a bit – I was a little neater with my ‘x’ than usual, tried to imbue my pencil strokes with authority.

Remember being a teen? When we thought we could change the world and make a difference? Before getting older and thinking we couldn’t change anything….well that is a bloody sad state of affairs. Let’s all get back our belief that we can change the world for the better!!

Having the right to vote is an AWESOME thing. Yeah there is every chance I won’t get the government of my dreams (for a start Batman wasn’t even on the ballot paper), but being able to at least have a say is something we take for granted when so many around the world don’t have that chance. And then once whoever is in charge is inside Number 10, let’s make sure they know we ain’t taking no shit this time – we want things to be better for us, our kids, for the world – and we will be there shouting in their ears until they do the right thing.

So get voting today, mark your cross with pride and know that we can make a difference.

Love Miss Cisco xxx

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  1. May 7, 2015 / 10:12 am

    I love this! My son missed out this time as he’s only 17 but I love how he’s already taking an interest in politics. He is dying to vote! You’re so right about that whole excitement of seeing an election through their young (and yes naive) eyes but it really in infectious. I hope she isn’t too disillusioned come the morning!
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  2. May 7, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Great post, even better she’s was so excited. So many votes are lost/wasted with 18+ not bothering. They have no idea, their voices do count. Might not change the world but definitely can help fight a cause. x
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  3. May 7, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    The world is very different from the last election – so much more rides on an election, and the every day person has more of a voice than ever before. We are not voting till this evening. I think I’ve made my choice, and time will tell with whomever is voted into government if they do the job they are supposed to do!
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  4. May 7, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    I’ve been and voted. I think it’s very important to at least attempt to get your chosen party into power. If you don’t vote, you can’t moan!

  5. May 7, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    Lovely, I remember how excited I was to be able to vote for the first time! It’s great to have young people interested in politics
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  6. May 7, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    I took the kids with me this morning to view democracy in action. In 21 years I’ve never voted for the winning candidate so the morning after is always disappointing for me!
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  7. May 7, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Well said! We are so lucky to have the democratic system which we often take for granted. I took my 12 year-old with me to vote so that he could see what it was all about.
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  8. May 7, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I’ve not long got in from casting my vote too. Our little town was buzzing with excitement down the polling station. Loads of locals standing outside chatting politics. Was a nice atmosphere x
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  9. May 7, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    Years ago women fought for the right to vote and equality. I did think about them as I cast my vote. Hope the right party wins.
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  10. May 7, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    What a really nice milestone to have gone through together today! my daughter will be old enough next time i think .. eek
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  11. May 8, 2015 / 12:27 am

    I voted with my daughter for the first time too today, I guess they must be more or less the same age. It was actually lovely to all go together as a family.
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  12. May 8, 2015 / 6:55 am

    So good to see a teen voting and wanting to make a difference, when so many people don’t vote until well into their 20s or 30s, if at all. I loved voting Labour when I was 18, even though they had no chance where I lived.
    Looks like we haven’t got the outcome so many of us had hoped for this time. It’s only five years until the next one! I’d better start educating my son.
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  13. May 8, 2015 / 11:28 am

    yay to getting teens involved

  14. May 8, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    MY eldest two can vote now too – can relate to the whole sense of pride at how keen they seemed to put their vote to good use.
    I didn’t vote until I was 26…
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  15. May 10, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    It’s so important to get out and vote – I took my three along even though they’re only 8 and younger, but I think it’s important for them to see what the whole process is and that we’re taking it seriously!! My 8 year old was so disappointed that he couldn’t vote himself!
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  16. May 11, 2015 / 11:00 am

    well done on voting , it all counts and i also took my husband to do ours this year too, although not what we were expecting on the result side on things

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