If you don’t take part in a vote, should you still get a say on the issue?

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If you don’t take part in a vote, should you still get a say on the issue?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg calm_computer
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    if you are a kid and you cant vote you should get the rights to say something but if you are an adult and you didn't want to vote you should not get the rights

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_brain
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    well i think you should not get a say because if you did not take part people wont get what you mean

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    Well i think no because the public had the choice to vote so it was there own decicion to say what they think.In my opinion people have the freedom to speak but they cant really complain about who is priminister because they didnt vote so it is kind of there fault.In 2010 brighton pavillion around about 29% didnt vote and Liverpool riverside 2010 nearly 50% didnt vote.If those people had voted it would have made a big difference in the vote and they could of got what they wanted.
    heres the link for the research i did http://www.votenone.org.uk/real-election-results.html

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    In the country that I'm from, some people threaten other people when it comes to voting to vote for the person that they think should win, they even give them money to do it. So in my country the majority doesn't really mean it is what most people want. It is a flawed democracy but people still think that the government is doing what the people want. If there isn't fairness and rules then a democracy doesn't work.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg fabulous_panda_bear
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    If you do not take part in a vote you should not be aloud to speak only because if you do not speak you will not have a change to say what you think about it.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_cat
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    I think you should if your a kid because you didnt have a choice to vote but if a adult no because they had the choice but but the didnt do it. So i am stuck which one because adults have the choice to and kids dont. I found i link that could help you here it is http://www.votenone.org.uk/none_of_the_above.html

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer
    The Ruth Gorse Academy 25 Feb 2019

    I think you should get a say in the issue even if you don't vote because, like calm_computer said, even if you are not old enough to vote, you have rights to speak out your opinion. If it's having a say, like saying your opinion on the hub it's fair because, it's not like we're telling the government what to do and. But, if it was having your say in front of the government ( where what your saying could get acted upon ) it's fair and unfair at the same time. It's unfair because, it's just listening to what one individual has to say; however, if we have a vote it means that the government is listening to the whole country. Also, the government has a lot of power, so they could refuse that statement if they wanted to. It could be fair because, that one individual could be speaking for a whole group of people who want the same thing. And it's important to listen to why they want something, because you can't ask the whole nation why they want something. So, it's fair if you get a say in the issue even if you don't vote.

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  • Pimlico-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_concept
    Pimlico Primary Academy 25 Feb 2019

    In my opinion,I think everyone has a right to vote but it is not a (must) to vote.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 25 Feb 2019 in reply to determined_orange's comment

    Thanks for sharing this and highlighting the problem. Do you think there is a way to stop this from happening?

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 25 Feb 2019 in reply to buzzing_atom's comment

    Do you think people should be made to vote in an election?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg fabulous_panda_bear
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019 in reply to Olivia @ the BNC's comment

    Olivia I think we can stop it by putting police on the streets in addition to this we could have 1 or 2 police on the street. Also the government should listen to ides to people and to think about it clearly and we could STOP selling drugs.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    I think most definitely! This is because if you weren't allowed to have a say if you didn't vote, we wouldn't be having this discussion about Brexit! Children like me are too young to vote, but that doesn't mean we can't discuss it! I, personally, like having discussions with my friends and even their mums about it, and challenge them...

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg smart_parrot
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019

    If your younger than 16 your not allowed to vote in the EU but that is injusted.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 26 Feb 2019 in reply to smart_parrot's comment

    If you are 18 or younger you cant take part in a vote. I don't know why though..do you?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_cat
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 26 Feb 2019 in reply to smart_parrot's comment

    If your 16 or younger you cant vote but you can still say what you think because nobody can stop you saying what you want. If your older you have the choice to vote but if you dont use it it is tough luck for not using it. When your younger then 16 thats when you cant vote.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 26 Feb 2019

    If you are younger than 18 then you can because you aren't old enough but if your'e older you cant because you have a chance to vote but you didn't use it. Then if you complain about not getting what you want that is your'e fault for not using your chance to vote. However, if your 17 or younger you can complain for not getting what you want because you aren't the age you have to be or older to vote.

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 26 Feb 2019 in reply to plucky_cat's comment

    18 is the voting age in the UK. Scotland allowed anyone over 16 to vote in the Scottish referendum in 2014; why do you think they chose to do this?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_lime
    Michael Faraday School 26 Feb 2019

    If you don't vote you should still get a say because everyone's ideas are equally important. Also, we need to understand how they think even if they are under 18. Its just like the BNC Live event when we allowed Judy to speak and listen to her ideas before making actionds

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 27 Feb 2019 in reply to brilliant_lime's comment

    Well done for making connections between the issues you look at!

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg inventive_revolution
    Richmond Hill Academy 28 Feb 2019

    And I think that we should vote because if you don't vote you wont be noticed and you can't redo but then if you wont be heard by other people.People will think that you don't care and your vote wont matter after the vote (on the day that will announce the winner).

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg analytical_planet
    Richmond Hill Academy 28 Feb 2019

    if you didn't vote gust don't vote it is your choice.

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg John Ray Junior School 01 Mar 2019

    If people don't vote then that is their choice - they can still have opinions though.

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg remarkable_parrot
    John Ray Junior School 01 Mar 2019

    if you dont vote you might regret it

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_context
    St Gregory's Catholic Primary School A 01 Mar 2019

    I think that children should`nt vote because as their are new- born babies born nearly everyday then it would be quite chaotic.Another reason is that many children don`t understand the importance of voting and how major every vote is.If the children are just voting without any meaning then a president could be chosen that should`nt be as they could be racist or bring unhappiness to others lives.I do know that every vote counts and that we should respect everyone's votes but not in serious and live changing moments like this i think that adults should be only taking charge here as most adults are sensible and do understand the importance of voting.Children can discuss voting and make points about it but they cant vote.I think that when your 17 and 16 you would want to get into the moment of voting but its like drinking you have to be a certain age to do it.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg assured_blueberry
    St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 01 Mar 2019

    if people do wont to vote 2 people not vote 2 if people eat

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg champion_duck
    Noel Park Primary School 01 Mar 2019

    I believe it is not fair because a majority of people can pick one but the leader picks another and it'll be 5 against 1.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg incredible_jambul
    Noel Park Primary School 01 Mar 2019

    I believe that if you dont vote you can still have a saying because you could be underage and still care about these things.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_wolverine
    Noel Park Primary School 01 Mar 2019

    I think it completely depends on the situation. In some countries, certain groups of people are not allowed to vote, for example because of their gender. This does not mean that these people shouldn’t be allowed the voice their opinions. Even in this country, the voting age is 18. People younger than this are not allowed to vote but they should at least be able to say what they think. The younger generation have lots of valid opinions and they need to be listened to as well.
    However, in a case where someone is allowed and able to vote they have a responsibility to do so, particularly if they have strong feelings about the outcome of the vote. As a young woman, I feel that I have an especially strong responsibility to vote. In the early 20th century, women were not allowed to vote and the suffrages fought passionately to gain that right, with some of them being imprisoned or even killed for what they believed in. When I think about this, I don’t want their campaign to be wasted, so it is important that I vote.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg quickwitted_pie
    Noel Park Primary School 01 Mar 2019

    yes because it doesn't matter whether you vote or not your still part of the majority of people who are there so it doesn't matter whether you vote or not

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg productive_duck
    Noel Park Primary School 01 Mar 2019

    i think that its not fair because children shouldI think that children should`nt vote because as their are new- born babies born nearly everyday then it would be quite chaotic.Another reason is that many children don`t understand the importance of voting and how major every vote is.If the children are just voting without any meaning then a president could be chosen that shouldn't be as they could be racist or bring unhappiness to others lives.I do know that every vote counts and that we should respect everyone's votes but not in serious and live changing moments like this i think that adults should be only taking charge here as most adults are sensible and do understand the importance of voting.Children can discuss voting and make points about it but they cant vote.I think that when your 17 and 16 you would want to get into the moment of voting but its like drinking you have to be a certain age to do it.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer
    The Ruth Gorse Academy 02 Mar 2019 in reply to Tiff @ the BNC's comment

    Scotland may have wanted 16 and 17 year olds to vote because the population was 5.348 million and in England, it was 54.32 million. Obviously, there is a significant difference, so perhaps Scotland needed more people to vote. However, these figures show the overall population.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse
    Arnhem Wharf Primary School 03 Mar 2019 in reply to Tiff @ the BNC's comment

    because they wanted younger people to have their say. In some places, you have to be 16+ to pay tax but at the same time, you have to be 18+ to vote in those places. Why would you be paying tax for something that you didnt even vote for? That is simply unfair! Voting lets you CHOSE what you want to pay for! Its like BREXIT! You're paying for it but it's not happening.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse
    Arnhem Wharf Primary School 03 Mar 2019

    In some places, you get paid for voting. They might even physically hurt you as well! In those places, even the biggest group for voting doesn't mean what majority wants. People still think the government is doing what the people want but its a flawed democracy. democracy wont work if there aren't rules and if things are not fair!

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg remarkable_parrot
    John Ray Junior School 08 Mar 2019

    If you have forgot to say who you what to vote than you still should get a say

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 09 Mar 2019

    It depends who you are. A child or an adult. I will be explaining and reasoning both sides of this.

    First of all, children. At our age- we do not have the rights to participate in a vote; so should we get a say or argue? In my opinion, we should, even if we can’t vote ,we can still

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg unconventional_brain
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 09 Mar 2019

    No because I think that if you couldn't be bothered to vote, then you couldn't be bothered to have a say. People suffered so everyone could vote and it isn't fair if someone wanted to say something but didn't want to vote.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg resplendent_fish
    New Horizons Children's Academy 11 Mar 2019

    I think you should get a say because you never know your choice might get chosen if you word it or say it properly. It’s kind of like when you try to get stars on here because you have to word your writing properly. I also think you should get a say because otherwise it’s unfair on you because you could at least try to get the choice you would like, because even if you don’t get the choice you wanted at least you got to say a choice.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg generous_recipe
    New Horizons Children's Academy 11 Mar 2019 in reply to Tiff @ the BNC's comment

    I think they chose to do this because when having more people to vote there will be different opinions and younger people voting. When there is younger people voting compared to older people, I think, the youth will have more of a say. In no disrespect, but, the younger generations will have a bigger impacted than the older generations because they will be running the future world.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg best_lion
    Arnhem Wharf Primary School 12 Mar 2019

    I would over all say yes because we all have a right to be heard in their opinions,choices etc.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_petal
    Arnhem Wharf Primary School 12 Mar 2019

    I would say yes because everyone has the right to have a say and be heard ( even though they didn't vote) .

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_penguin
    Portobello High School 12 Mar 2019

    I think that even if you aren’t 16 you should still be allowed our say as it’s our future ahead of us so we should get a say on what we would like.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 12 Mar 2019

    If you're a child then i think it's acceptable because you are under the age of 18 and therefor you can not vote. If you are over 18 then it's unacceptable because you had a choice to vote and did not use it. Say that there was a big debate about keeping chocolate and no chocolate won. If your younger than 18 you can complain but if your older than 18 you can not.

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