Voter Registration

11 Incredibly Good Reasons You Should Register To Vote

The Huffington Post | BeckyBarnes | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK

As this Judge Judy Gif clearly illustrates, time is SERIOUSLY ticking towards the deadline to register to vote in the General Election. Yup, you have ...

The Famous Faces Who Want You To Use Your Vote

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

At midnight, millions of people will miss out on their chance to vote in the General Election because they haven’t registered. While more than two ...

Everything You Need To Know About Registering To Vote In The General Election

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Since Theresa May announced a snap General Election last month, more than two million people have registered to vote on June 8. But millions more sti...

Voter ID Is A Solution In Search Of A Problem - The Conservatives Should Think Again

Katie Ghose | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

If ever the phrase 'sledgehammer to crack a nut' was apt, it's the idea that you should be forced to bring ID to the polling station when you vote. Today the Conservatives announced plans to introduce mandatory voter ID for elections across the UK - ostensibly to reduce alleged voter fraud.

How Do We Engage The Politically Disengaged?

Ben Johns | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

We need to encourage everyone to vote. Although compulsory voting would take away people's right to choose, it is worth remembering that even today people are still fighting to have their voices heard. To those that have yet to register, you have a voice; don't miss your chance to use it!

Want A Better Democracy? We Need Better Democratic Processes First

Josh Dell | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics
Josh Dell

This will be the third UK-wide poll in as many years, and despite the efforts of many campaigners and non-governmental organisations there is still much work to be done, if we are to ensure citizens are registered and able to play an active role in democracy.

'Big Society' Scheme Boosts University Places For Poorest By 50%, Says Lord Blunkett

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics

A national skills programme has boosted the number of young people from the poorest backgrounds going to university by 50%, new analysis shows. The Na...

Requiring ID From Voters Protects Us All

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Who knows how our new British experiment will turn out. But a democracy is only democratic if voting is restricted to those entitled to vote. Measures aimed at ensuring that are, in principle, to be applauded.

If The Boundary Review Goes Ahead In Its Current Form, It Will Leave Two Million Voters Without A Voice

Jon Ashworth | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The proposals published today by the commission are based on an electoral register with a two million gaping hole. By using the electoral register as of 1 December 2015 the review will discount the two million people who signed up to have their voices heard in the run-up to the EU referendum, therefore leaving them out of the constituency calculations.

Katie Hopkins Gets Fact-Checked By The Young People In Her Own Tweet

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK

A boast by Katie Hopkins that she made a group of young people not vote in the EU referendum has been revealed as false. The controversial columnist h...

After Last Night's Website Crash, the Government Must Extend the Voter Registration Deadline

Tim Farron | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Government must come forward with emergency legislation or a Statutory Instrument to change the legislation to allow the registration to continue for 24 hours.... These people were not 'late' to register; they were within the time limit at their democratic right is now at risk of being snatched from them. No true democrat can defend this. There is no real reason we could not and should not extend the deadline and make sure that everyone has their chance to have their voice heard and their opinion count.

Jeremy Corbyn Urges EU Voter Registration Extension After Website 'Shambles'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has led calls for the voter registration deadline to be extended after a technical malfunction saw potentially thousands of Brits miss o...

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.

Dear Young People: Here's Why You Need to Vote in the EU Referendum

Catherine Barnard | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine Barnard

The way you vote is a matter of judgment: do you think that the UK is, on balance, better off outside the EU or in it? The more facts that are available to you, the more it will help you to make your decision. But if you do not register to vote you will not have your voice heard. And it is easy to register: there is a simple online form to complete. Why don't you fill it out right now?

If We Continue to Ignore Politics, It Will Soon Ignore Us

Adam Isaacs | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Isaacs

Apathy is rife in Britain today, and in young people especially. Young people contributed the smallest turnout in the 2015 General Election and continue to be negatively influenced by the media both new and old... The EU referendum could mark a serious epoch in the course of British politics and life, and we need to be engaged and participate.

Introducing Young Voters: #EURef

George Bowden | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
George Bowden

Today, HuffPost UK Young Voices launches Young Voters: #EURef giving young people a voice ahead of the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU on 23 June. Young voters will potentially cast the deciding votes in this referendum - and they'll live with the result for decades. Yet many believe the campaign thus far has done little to speak to young peoples' interests, concerns, or experiences. Put simply, young people also don't trust the messengers of the EU campaigns.

Why Have We Stopped Voting?

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

Now and again you see articles popping up in the more conservative publications, blaming us (i.e. young people) for being too lazy to vote. Now, in th...

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

Come on Prime Minister - With Just Days to Go Until the Deadline to Register, Please Stop Ignoring Young People's Right to Vote

Gloria De Piero | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Politics
Gloria De Piero

I'm so disappointed that colleges and universities will only be receiving Government guidance just days before the deadline to register for next month's crucial elections. Given we know that university towns have seen the biggest drop off in voter registration, the Government should also have issued support on how to register their students to vote when they enrol on their courses, which has been proven successful in places like Sheffield and Cardiff.

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.

5 Ways Tories Are 'Rigging The System' As Clegg Warns Of 'One-Party State'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has criticised the Conservatives for “rigging the rules” in its favour that could lead to a Tory "one-party state". Speaking to The...

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.