That is the percentage of eligible voters who bothered to vote in the General Election last week. The highest since 1997.
The turnout in Scotland was 66.4%, down from 71.1% in 2015. This means that 33.6% could not be bothered, nearly a third. Not good at all really, eps given the Tories remain in power, for the time being anyway.
Does this open the debate again on compulsory voting? I’m not really for it but would like to see a none of the above on the ballot. What it does do though is mean that some people, a lot of people, don’t care and that is very sad, especially when the UK is faced with a Conservative and DUP Government, can it get much worse.
Many are saying that the Government can’t last, probably so and another General Election could be on the cards before the end of the year. The Tories will have to put forward a Queens speech and I hope that all of the opposition parties vote against, you never know some Tories might vote against, probably not.
When you look at the vote across the UK it’s a shambles. We really are a disunited so called union now and for me independence remains the only answer, but we need people to vote. It’s still hard to take that people voting Tory in Scotland allowed that disgusting Party to remain in power for now. If more people cared, or elections weren’t pretty much a manifesto of despair, maybe more would vote. Jeremy Corbyn got some out to vote, that has to be good.
68.7% is maybe the best in a while but we need to make it better. We need to understand why people do not vote, we need to look at the method of voting. Could we not look at on line voting, there are currently 10 countries using the system. Is that the answer to low turn out. I do know this though, people need to vote. Obviously I would hope it isn’t for horrible parties like the Conservatives but even if it were voting is important and more people need to do it.