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These Young People Weren't Expecting This Reaction When They Registered To Vote

'We gave some young people the star treatment.'

03/06/2016 11:11

Young wannabe voters were left speechless after attempts to place their names on the electoral register saw them greeted by dozens of baying 'journalists' and photographers.

Wake Up And Vote, a volunteer organisation encouraging young people to vote in the referendum, and Bite the Ballot, an organisation committed to empowering young voters, undertook the prank to raise awareness of the impending deadline.

Those wishing to vote in the EU referendum must register by Tuesday 7 June. 

Young people are much less likely to register than older people. 30% of all 20-24 year-olds are unregistered, compared with just 5% of those over retirement age (65+).

“We gave some young people the star treatment to show them how important their vote is – whichever way they cast it,” said Louis Persent of the Wake Up And Vote campaign. “It takes just three minutes to register. If you don’t register then you're letting others determine your future.”

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