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ECHO COMMENT: Why your vote can make a difference in 2014 elections

By GlosEchoEd  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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What is more important to you? Who has control in Europe or the people looking after you in Cheltenham?

Hopefully you will think that both are significant even if it is for very different reasons.

Either way, if you believe that going to the polls today is not only a waste of your time but a waste of everyone else’s, then it’s time you thought again.

The European elections are very different to most of those we vote in, with the choice coming down to the party rather than the individual candidate.

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At some point on Sunday night, the parties will see their nominated candidates elected based on the share of the vote they have attracted.

Whatever you think of UKIP, they have made their views on the future of Europe and many other issues crystal clear. Their rival parties have a range of opinions varying from outright support for the EU to everything in between.

You may not be in total agreement with any of them. But if you don’t make your voice heard, whatever happens to Britain's relationship with Europe in the future, you won’t get another opportunity for another five years.

In the Cheltenham Borough Council elections, it is both the candidates and the parties they represent that can inform your choice. Because of the local work they are elected to do, the former should certainly play a bigger part in many people’s thinking.

From planning to rubbish collections and from car parks to public health inspections, the borough plays a vital role and we need the right people in charge.

Whether you vote in two elections in Cheltenham or just one in Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds, where local elections aren’t being held this year, the mark you put on the ballot paper really does make a difference. Make sure you have your say.

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