Voting Rights

Kenyan Elections Provide Unlikely Source of Hope For Prison Reform

Alexander McLean | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Alexander McLean

Just hearing the word 'election' again might be enough to make you shudder, especially if you're a UK voter. Or US citizen. But this week Kenya faces a close-run Presidential Election which could have a broader impact on us all.

At 16 You Can Have Sex With Your MP - But You Can't Vote For Them!

Cat Smith | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Cat Smith

To build a healthy democracy we need young people to be engaged and to feel valued. We also want out political system to recognise the abilities of young people, which is why votes at 16 is so important.

Why I'm Not Voting On June 8

Hayley Kearney | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Hayley Kearney

I'm making this decision with a heavy heart. Whether I will regret it, time will tell. But I have to sleep at night.

Why 2016 Is The Year To Teach Kids About Democracy

Claire Quansah | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Quansah

So whilst we wait to witness the clear up of the mess that is 2016 and ask ourselves if all this stuff really happened, let's not forget to remind our children, democracy is good and that their one vote is always better than no vote at all.

Equal Voting Rights for Persons With Disabilities: What Are We Waiting For?

Ian Brook | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Brook

According to the Electoral Commission in the UK, all voters should have the right to cast their vote independently and privately. However, for those with disabilities, blindness or partial sight, this is not always the case.

London - Alone

Finbarr Goode Begley | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Politics
Finbarr Goode Begley

Though I often follow flights of fancy in my own mind, I rarely share them with the public. Furthermore, posting about politcs rather than tech is definitely outside my comfort zone. However, today's Brexit vote has changed that for me.

Women Died to Give You the Right to Vote

Soozi Baggs | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK Politics
Soozi Baggs

This morning I voted in the EU Referendum. I also posted on my Facebook wall that I was voting and urged all people, especially women, to do the same. And yes, I used that cliched argument that women died to secure the right for women to vote. This is what I said...

Why You Must Vote Today - On Behalf of Those Who Can't

Euan Healey | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

Today, as you might have heard (I mean no-one has really mentioned it at all), Britain finds itself on the precipice of the greatest decision it has had to make in a generation. This question eats the West Lothian question for breakfast, and snacks on general elections. That's right - it's referendum time!

Ten Reasons Why We Must Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I recently told a colleague that I want the UK to leave the EU, she expressed considerable dismay that someone of my background - mixed-race, working class, comprehensive education - was lining up with far-right racists. Such a misguided view of the people who support Brexit does a disservice to the millions of Britons up and down the UK, who are now in a majority that understands why it is morally, politically and economically essential for Britain to leave the EU.

Why the EU Referendum Is a Vote on Democracy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

People will try and tell us that this referendum deals with issues that are far too complex for the average person to understand. I believe that we actually face a very simple question: whether or not we believe in democracy? If we continue to find ourselves ruled by people we can't vote for, who are making laws we can't change, we will only have ourselves to blame.

I Didn't Vote Yesterday, And I'm Furious

Jonathan Guy | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Guy

I didn't vote yesterday. I don't suppose that makes me unique; quite a lot of people didn't vote yesterday, some because they were prevented and others because they couldn't be bothered. For me however it was different, and it was a big thing. For the first time in my adult life I chose not to vote.

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

Allan Päll | Posted 31.05.2016 | 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 18.05.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 term...

The Importance of the Right to Vote

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 05.05.2016 | 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 03.05.2016 | 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.