Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which extended the right to vote to landowning women over the age of 30 and all men over the age of 21.
This was a pivotal moment in empowering oppressed groups of people enabling them to take part in the political process that excluded them for so long. It wasn’t until years later that the men and women of all classes gained an equal footing in elections.
Since then, we have also extended voting to 16 year olds in Scotland giving young people a greater say over the decisions that affect their futures.
We still have some way to go. It is important to remember the sacrifices and hard work of those in our past who fought for our rights today. Even if you spoil your ballot, people should make an effort to vote and have their voice heard.