In the recent General Election an estimated 1,379,700 voters were prevented from voting in secret because of inaccessible voting and registration methods. The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) is calling for online voting to be introduced by 2020 to remove barriers for blind people to exercise their right to a secret ballot.
Predicting outcomes is something we have been doing in my business at Fear Group for 34 years, we do it to locate hot-spots in global economic activity as a background to future group investment. With this in mind I asked our in-house researchers to come up with their prediction for Thursday's General Election and here is the result...
While Spiderman's Uncle Ben lies dying on the ground, he does indeed utter that 'with great power comes great responsibility'. The students in our constituency form a quarter of the electorate. We do have the power to uproot a notorious Lib Dem safe seat. So let's take this power and vote responsibly, for a party that will protect our communities, and not benefit a small few.
So this is it. We're on the eve of the most important general election in a generation. An election that will decide whether we stick with the two legacy parties that have failed us time and time again or try a fresh approach to politics with Ukip. So I'm writing to give you 10 reasons to vote Ukip and give a new politics a chance.
At the start of the election campaign our media became littered with articles lamenting the disillusioned young and their refusal to engage in politics. However in the past few weeks it does seem, more so than ever before, this election has really sparked the interest of young people. My youngest sister Lily Rose has been borderline obsessed with the election.
For every Russell Brand, there's a Rick Edwards. And he says vote and make a change. Don't vote and there will be no change. 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland demonstrated that a few months ago when over 100,000 of them cast their vote on independence. They had their say; now it's time for all of us to have ours.
It has taken a long time but we're nearly there. As we enter the final furlong of probably the longest election campaign in British political history, the polls still have the major protagonists neck and neck. But while uncertainty exists on whether the Conservatives or Labour will gain the most seats, there is notable polling trends on which a broad consensus has emerged.
The parties and their policies are certainly not all the same. And I do think you should vote if you can. Because, apart from anything else, voting is like making any other choice in life. Sometimes, you've just got to look at the information on offer, hope for the best and put your faith in someone.
A true and lasting turning point it certainly is a year in which more women continue to embark a seat in Parliament, including a more ethnically diverse pool of candidates than we have seen before. In all, more progress and new challenges and why The Women's Equality Party is so badly needed in modern society.