As you may be aware, I am the Green Party candidate for York Outer in tomorrow's election (photo below as smiley and sunny evidence).
I've already spoken at length about why I joined the Green Party and why I want to represent their vision for the country here.
The past few weeks have been extremely challenging and rewarding - an experience I will always remember. I have answered emails from hundreds of concerned constituents, spoken at hustings and listened to the views of many people across York.
All I have to say now is - Vote.
Vote with your eyes open - check out Full Fact, the UK’s independent factchecking charity if you have time. They have fact checked all of the party manifestos and offer an impartial analysis of the promises made.
Vote for what YOU believe in - Do not feel pressured by friends or family, you are ultimately in charge of putting pencil to paper.
Vote because does count - despite our deeply flawed FPTP system, your vote does matter.
For example, it is worth money to the party it is for. Every extra vote means extra money in the (limited) funding for opposition parties in Parliament (so called “short money”).
Your vote also gives your party a platform - The Green Party has been invited onto radio and TV programmes (like the leaders' debate) because of over a million Green votes up and down the country in 2015.
Vote for the society you want to live in - If you're lucky enough to have a comfortable home, financial stability and good health - share some of that luck by voting for a better life for those who have not been so lucky.
Vote because apathy gains nothing - If you are bored by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for an entrenched establishment who believe it is their right to rule.
They aren't stupid and they know that by keeping people bored and indifferent we won't come out and challenge them at the ballot box. This is a subtle form of disfranchisement.
By all means, stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting.
There is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by not voicing your opinion and therefore tacitly upholding the status quo.