Photo and reporting by Jamie Chan for Mothership.sg.

On polling day, Mothership.sg’s stable of professional photographers followed 10 personalities around the island as they stepped out to cast their votes in the 2015 General Election. Here’s what they have to say about why they are voting.

Corinne May, a singer-songwriter, voted for the first time in the 2015 General Election in Tanjong Pagar GRC. Having been back in Singapore for awhile to be part of the SG50 National Day Parade, she had gone back to the US before deciding to fly some 21 hours back home, just in time and specially to cast her vote.

“I was supposed to come back on the 12th of September at 3am as everyone thought that polling day would be on the 12th instead of the 11th! But I figured that I should come back a little earlier as I also missed my daughter after being away for about two weeks so I called up the SIA office to change my flight and landed at 3am today instead,” she said.

So, what was her first experience voting like?

“I made a really big cross so that there would be no mistake for who I am voting for. I felt a little geeky as it was my first time voting as the Tanjong Pagar district has never been contested; I was following the instructions, looking at the arrows on the floor, noticing which polling group I was in. It was good that everything was very efficiently done and I was surprised that the polling booths itself were so open! I felt like I was doing a little test and didn’t want anyone to peek over.”

Overall, it was good, she says, and feels like she has done her part for the country.

“Voting is our voice; it is our way of putting a stamp on what we would like to say for our future, for our country.
Throughout history, people have fought for the right to say something; to have the right to vote is a blessing and something to treasure.”

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