Debate 3:
"Your vote is your voice…

…Without it you're silent"

Rick Edwards, broadcaster and writer.

'Your vote is your voice.  Without a vote you're silent, and you will be ignored.'

'It feels as if an entire generation is choosing not to exert any influence over who gets to run our country, and therefore how they run it.'

'The whole point of a democracy is that we get to collectively decide on the things that matter to us.  We cannot do that if we don't vote.  And for all our complaints about the system, we have to accept that if we don't participate in elections, we can't change anything.  And we'll get hit the hardest.'

The extracts are from his new book 'None of the Above', on why young people need to vote or use their vote to protest.

Why be silent?   Vote for a candidate who you trust to work hard for things you believe in, or vote NONE in protest.