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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 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.
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?
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.
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.
You wouldn't realise it with all the hype around the EU referendum, but today hundreds of elections will take place across
Getting the 'Missing Millions' on to the Register: An All-Party Vision for Voter Registration Reform
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
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...
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.
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.