The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what is commonly called the Brexit referendum vote. No matter what your opinion on Leave versus Remain, there is a big lesson here: Your vote matters. Learn from the mistake of this Leave voter on BBC News who assumed his vote wouldn’t count:
If you didn’t watch the video, here is what he says:
“I’m a bit shocked to be honest.
I’m shocked that we actually have voted to Leave, I didn’t think that was going to happen.
My vote, I didn’t think was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to Remain, and the David Cameron resignation has blown me away to be honest.
I think the period of uncertainty that we’re going to have for the next couple of months, that’s just been magnified now.
So yeah, quite worried.”
I don’t know why that man voted to Leave. To make a statement? To be a rebel? Because “Brexit” sounds cooler than “Bremain?” But he clearly wasn’t thinking of what that could mean for his country.
Furthermore, the Leave votes won with 51.9% of the vote with 48.1% of the vote going to Remain, but there was only a 72.2% voter turnout. Honestly, 72.2% is a pretty high voter turnout by American standards, but imagine the impact even some of those 27.8% could have made with their votes.
My fellow U.S. voters, please remember this in November. Vote even if your preferred candidate is no longer in the race, and vote for who you truly believe will be better for our country, even if you disagree on some points. As Brexit should teach us, every vote matters.
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