You count for nothing
At least, it's statistically probable that you do. The majority – 53% – of votes cast by the British electorate last Thursday were worthless, because they were cast for candidates who didn't win, and are therefore simply thrown in the bin by the First Past The Post electoral system.
So if you were one of the thousands of people locked out of polling stations across the country on Thursday night, don't fret too much. Your vote would probably have been completely ignored anyway.
It breaks down like this. (Some of the figures below kindly supplied by Luke on the Rllmuk forum.) These are figures for votes "wasted" on each party, ie cast for losing candidates and therefore discarded as worthless by the FPTP system. You won't be too surprised who comes out on top.
Liberal Democrats – 5,596,089 (approximately 82% of all Lib Dem votes)
Labour – 3,600,427 (42%)
Conservative – 3,404,308 (34%)
UKIP – 917,832 (100%)
BNP – 563,743 (100%)
SNP – 403,024 (82%)
Green – 269,378 (94%)
PC – 129,651 (78%)
Sinn Fein – 69,652 (41%)
SDLP – 59,374 (54%)
DUP – 48,981 (29%)
Alliance – 29,923 (70%)
Others – 596,474 (100%)
Total – 15,689,216 (52.9% of total votes cast: 29,653,638)
So just under SIXTEEN MILLION people who made the effort to go out and exercise their democratic right to decide the government of their country would have been just as well staying at home watching EastEnders, because at the end of the day their votes were simply totally discounted.
This scandalous injustice happens because of a system which the Tories alone – a party supported by just 36% of voters, or 23% of all eligible adults – desperately want to keep in place. (To be fair, Labour's support for a fairer proportional system is the ultimate in last-minute deathbed conversions.)
Whether your vote is one of the ones that counts or one of the ones that doesn't is pure chance. If you live on the wrong side of a totally arbitrary geographical line, frequently redrawn by whoever's in power to their own advantage, you might as well set your polling card on fire as soon as it arrives. If you're on the right side, you basically get two votes.
To be honest, there's not much I can add to that.