In the 2016 Stormont Assembly elections 577,851 of those eligible to vote did not use their vote. In the new assembly with 90 seats and 18 constituencies, assuming the eligible electorate stays roughly the same, if everyone voted, the average quota to elect an MLA would be around 11,000 or 12,000 votes. This means that the 577,851 eligible votes not cast in the 2016 Assembly election, could elect around 50 MLAs at the 2nd March Assembly elections.
It requires 46 MLAs to form a simple majority in the Assembly. It takes 30 MLAs to trigger a petition of concern. If the 577,851 people who did not use their vote in the last Assembly election were to use their vote on 2nd March to elect candidates who support progressive policies based on respect and equality and who are committed to creating a fair, just and equitable society, if they were to use their votes to oppose policies based on bigotry, sectarianism, misogyny, homophobia and austerity, they could change the balance of power in the Assembly. They could replace around 50 existing MLAs who have supported bigotry, sectarianism, racism, homophobia and brutal austerity with MLAs who will defend equality, mutual respect and a fair and equitable society. By joining with thousands who already use their votes and their energy in support of progressive policies they could bring fundamental change to this society.