Lemon ''Freedom is having General Elections and referendums where we, Joe Soap, make our votes count.''
in the UK, your vote will only count if you live in the 'right' area- due to First Past the Post system. I know for sure, that my vote has never ever counted in General Elections (it has at local level) - not very Democratic, nor very inspiring. I have always voted, on principle- but knowing, every time- I might as well not bother- just because of where I lived. Same for friends down the road, but t'other way round.
Every vote counts.....doesn’t matter if you live in a constituency where a Labour MP holds sway and you vote Conservative or vice versa.Every vote for a different MP takes away from the votes from him/her, and is never a waste of time.In any case many places have very close calls with numbers.
Fortunately we don’t have the situation here of vote rigging on a massive scale which affects some countries, or a leader for life (Putin, amongst others.)