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Coffee And Candid Conversations Are Key To Building Confidence In Discussing Politics

Ade Onibada | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ade Onibada

In the middle of the confusion and chaos that is another general election, it's never been more important for young citizens to show the decision makers exactly what our vote means. We are due to bear the long term impact of the major changes that we're seeing right now...

It's Time to #TakePower

Michael Sani | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Sani

It's tiring to be told nothing will ever change. Mass participation will drive change and it's been the only thing that ever has. This week we saw the loss of Muhammad Ali - dubbed the world's greatest and not just for boxing, but for activism and fighting for social justice, humanity and civil rights. Look around you today - how many people in the spotlight are following in his footsteps? I wonder how energised everyday people would be to create change if they had more role models to follow. So today - spread the word, share the message and let's ensure everyone is engaged. Whether IN, OUT or undecided the result will definitely affect you so register to vote now and #TurnUp on 23 June.

E-Who?

Kenny Imafidon | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kenny Imafidon

Both the 'in' and 'out' campaigns are clearly struggling to engage with young people like me and neither campaign are doing themselves any justice. In my opinion, not many of the arguments made by those who want to remain or leave have really hit home. Both campaigns are just trying to scare us to vote one way or the other... How on earth do we expect to engage young people in the referendum if we continue like this?

Register to Vote and Get a Seat at the Table - Else You'll Be on the Menu

Michael Sani | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Sani

As the deadline for registering ahead of the EU Referendum looms, we're kicking off another National Voter Registration Drive with HOPE not hate - bigger and better than any seen before. The referendum presents a generational issue, one that those currently unregistered or never presented with any type of meaningful engagement at school will live the longest with the decision of.

Balancing the Vote

Nick Lowles | Posted 03.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Lowles

The old are voting and the young are not. That creates an imbalance across our society. Young people are twice as likely as the population at large not to be registered to vote, (almost 30%), compared to 95% of over-65s. Thanks to changes that were rushed in last December, 770,000 people have dropped off the register since 1 December.

Time's Up: It's Time for Politicians to Fulfil #ThePledge

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

You wouldn't realise it with all the hype around the EU referendum, but today hundreds of elections will take place across the UK, including the Scott...

Getting the 'Missing Millions' on to the Register: An All-Party Vision for Voter Registration Reform

Chloe Smith | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Politics
Chloe Smith

There remain significant disparities in registration levels between different demographics, for example, between those in social housing or private rented accommodation and owner-occupiers, or between older voters and 18-24s; up to a third of whom may not be registered. And we must remember that the gap between those who are eligible to vote, and those who have their names on the register, is growing. It's vitally important that politicians of all parties work together to address this issue. I believe this can be done through dedicated education efforts, and by continuing to prioritise the issue by stressing what needs to be achieved

Introducing Our App That's Like Tinder for Politics

Kenny Imafidon | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kenny Imafidon

At Bite The Ballot, we've been working across across the capital to engage communities in registering to vote, and helping those furthest away from politics to realise the issues they care about are political. And that if they continue to be by-standers and have politics done them, instead of doing politics, then they will never drive the political agenda...

A Silent Crisis? Up to 84% of London's Youngest Voters Missing From the Electoral Register

Gary Phillips | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Politics
Gary Phillips

There's a silent, growing democratic crisis in London - the plummeting levels of young people who are registered to vote. As up to 84% of London's youngest voters could be left without a say in our democracy, Bite The Ballot is calling on every teacher to bring voter registration into their classrooms, now.

Getting It Right: Voter Registration Lessons For The UK

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

In Britain, we have a serious, growing problem with the health of our democracy. Yet policy-makers have systematically failed to look beyond our shores and undertake even a basic search for the available solutions to our problems.

National Voter Registration Drive: A Reminder That Millions Are Missing From the Electoral Register

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

Voter registration isn't just a bureaucratic form-filling exercise. It can form a crucial first step in young citizens' political education. What's needed now is for the Government - and all political parties - to recognise this, think beyond narrow partisan lines, and act to strengthen the foundations of UK democracy for the long-term. Let's rise again this year.

Engaged Youth Must Bring Other Young People Into Politics

Usaama Kaweesa | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Usaama Kaweesa

You will have read this before - not enough young people are voting. Statistics show that in the 2010 General Election only 54% of 18-24 year-olds were registered to vote and only 44% of them actually voted. By not voting young people are the easiest group to ignore. This has to change and I believe that it is the young people who are already engaged in politics that need to reach out to those furthest away from politics and bring them in...

Why We're Giving Young People the Voice They Deserve

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Sherriff

"We are so often left out of the political conversation." The passing remark has left a lasting impression. It made me ask why. Why are young people left out of the conversation - not just political, but social, economic and cultural discussions - when it is they who will have their lives defined by such talk?

Today, Let's Show the Country That Young People Aren't 'Apathetic' or 'Lazy'

Sara Ghaffari | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Ghaffari

As a generation we hold a lot of power and we have the power to enforce the changes we want. By registering to vote, we BECOME votes worth winning. We get included in their re-election strategy. Our views and opinions will automatically be listened to and valued. Then, we ARE votes worth winning.

If You Do One Thing Today, Make Sure You're Registered

Sadiq Khan | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

The simple fact is that if you aren't down on the list you can't exercise your right to vote. And in just three months there is likely to be a closely fought General Election. It could be your vote that makes the difference in your area - after all, in 2010, a handful of seats had majorities of less than 100.

Who Really Holds the Balance of Power in This Election?

Natascha Engel | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics
Natascha Engel

Why are people in this country so turned off voting? Both anecdotally on the doorstep as well as polls and surveys all confirm: people don't think that their vote matters and that voting doesn't make a difference. Yet all of these people hold passionate beliefs and many are angry at social injustices...

Cameron Refuses Millions of Voters

Harry Hitchens | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Hitchens

#WeWantMore from you, David! Young people are itching to get involved. And if the youth is disillusioned with government then make an effort to awaken them! Everyone cares about the issues that politics can address; we just need our leaders to have enough respect for us to encourage our outrage to be channeled into political change.

Tackling Our Youth Democracy Crisis

Lord Roberts | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Roberts

This Bill is the first step in tackling our youth democracy crisis. We need to equip electoral registration officers with the right tools to make our democracy as strong as possible. This Bill, I suggest, is a leap in the right direction and I very much hope that the Government give it a fair hearing in this Parliamentary Session.

Young People Are More Political Than Ever, Its Politics They Have a Problem With

Eva Pascoe | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Politics
Eva Pascoe

The gap between Westminster and the millennial generation is widening all the time. Not least because the problem has been badly misdiagnosed. It's not young people that are disengaged with politics. It's politicians that are disengaged from young people.

Russell We Love You BUT the Revolution Starts at the Ballot Box

Michael Sani | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Sani

If the government isn't talking with the people because the people are not interested, or don't know what the government is, let alone who. Then why don't we educate and empower the people, when they are young and if we manage to inspire them they may actually want to register to vote as though it's a rite of passage.