Voting Rights

Cameron's Cowardice in Not Giving 16 and 17-Year-Olds Their Say on Europe

Allan Päll | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Allan Päll

If Mr. Cameron truly does want Britain to remain part of the EU, there's clearly no tactical advantage to be gained from excluding this age group from the referendum. But it's not just about seeing the UK stay in the EU; it is rather about the principle of empowering the broadest range of voters when taking decisions about their future.

Over a Million Blind Voters Left Without a Voice in General Election

Tom Pey | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Pey

In the recent General Election an estimated 1,379,700 voters were prevented from voting in secret because of inaccessible voting and registration methods. The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) is calling for online voting to be introduced by 2020 to remove barriers for blind people to exercise their right to a secret ballot.

This House Wouldn't Vote Because They're All Tossers Anyway

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Proposition Leyla Gumusdis The Oxford English Dictionary has four definitions for the term "Tosser": I. One who or that which tosses II. A te...

The Importance of the Right to Vote

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

In 1792, shoemaker Thomas Hardy founded the London Corresponding Society. Influenced by the French Revolution and the works of Thomas Paine, the LCS h...

Why Under 18s Need The Right To Vote

Ben Johns | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

I would advise Dave, Ed, Nick and co to listen to Liv and give us under 18's the right to vote. If the voting age isn't reduced to 16 then perhaps an official way to gauge the opinions of under 18's would be a good idea. At least then it would allow us to have our views recognised.

Why 'Milifandom' Proves the Voting Age Should Be Lowered to 16

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

16- and 17-year-olds deserve to be able to vote, to be able to determine the direction of their public services and policies that affect them, and 'Milifandom' has once again displayed their maturity and high levels of engagement.

Most Young People Didn't Vote - What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind

Will Best | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Will Best

I don't think it's ever been more important to get out there and use your voice, register your opinion, and vote. The more of us who do, the more important we become, and the more politicians are forced to address the issues that are important to us.

It's Our Future and It's Time to Own It

Darryl Morris | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
Darryl Morris

The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.

One Day, We Should Stop Voting

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Greenhalgh

We're horrified by any derivation from our democratic process, but with the elderly vote becoming ever more influential to our political system, when will it be time that something is done to save the progressive voice of politics?

The Idea and Reality of Change: Lessons From the Film Selma

Bukky Olaleye | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Bukky Olaleye

We may not agree with the rhetoric of President Obama, or disagree with the stylisation or representation of the film. What is difficult to contest is the ability of a well told story to impart huge life lessons, to teach, lead, and position us to walk in our own potential and to 'shape the course of things.'

Why You Should Vote in 2015

John Allen | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
John Allen

I am tired of hearing people like Russell Brand criticise and whine (particularly as Brand is doing very well out of the current system he claims to hate) when they cannot even be bothered to do two simple things that can start to make a difference: think and vote.

Stand Up and Be Counted!

Phill Hudson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Phill Hudson

Whoever or wherever you are in Britain today the sad fact is millions of people mainly the under 30's are not exercising their right to vote, under 56% of under 24's are registered compared to 96% of over 65's...

Young Women Don't Get Politics? A Response to Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle

Amy Licence | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Amy Licence

Guilfoyle has not been smart enough to realise she been co-opted by a misogynistic culture, being made the mouthpiece for a worrying trend which she was in a position to reject. Luckily, the sort of young women whose experience she distrusts, often prove to be far more savvy when it comes to equality in the media.

Why the Voting System Needs to Change for People With a Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

Voting is an important part of life and it is important to me. This is the same for lots of people with a learning disability too. A new Mencap survey of people with a learning disability shows that 7 in 10 people think politics is important and want to vote in the general election in May 2015.

It's 2014 - So Why Are Blind and Partially-Sighted People Still Being Exluded From Voting?

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lesley-Anne Alexander

There are still a large number of people who feel excluded from important votes and who are frustrated at not being able to exercise their right to vote, simply because the traditional process has not moved on. How can it be that in 2014, people with sight loss still cannot vote as easily as everyone else?

Electoral Commission Wants All Voters To Show ID At The Polling Station

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

All voters should be required to show proof of identity when they turn up at a polling station before they can cast their vote, the official UK electi...

Is Voting Too Cool for School...?

Sarupa Shah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarupa Shah

Maybe it's me but making a statement is something that makes some kind of impact, a wave or at the very least a ripple, preferably more. Yet when Russell and his new political brand and the likes of Jeremy Paxman say they don't vote, they have a political platform...

A Better Way to Revolution

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I suggested a few days ago that urging people not to vote might not be the most effective way to bring about fundamental political change... Here are my thoughts on some other ways of acting politically without necessarily having to faff about putting a mark on a ballot paper next to the name of someone for whom you may have nothing but contempt. My slogan for today (yes, I know it's not original) is: Think Big, Act Small.

Dear Malaysia, Democracy Should Be Easier

Julian Tan | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

As 6 May looms (the date after the final votes are cast in Malaysia), I feel a certain excitement and dread for what the future holds. But I rest in the solace that I have done my part, and I hope you do yours too, fellow Malaysians.

Why Should We Give Prisoners the Vote?

Ellie Dawes | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ellie Dawes

Quite a few people who I like and respect have spoken to me recently saying something along the lines of 'Can you believe they are telling us we should give prisoners the vote? Why the hell should prisoners have the vote?'