Posted: 23 November 2019

Why young people should vote

With the registration date for voting looming, we caught up with Alex and Dean, who talk to us about why it's important for young people to vote in the next general election

Dean: vote to get your voice heard

It could be argued this will be the most important election of a generation. New policies will affect our healthcare, the environment, our worker’s rights and access to public services. It will also likely cement the Brexit outcome.

As the younger generation are on their way to inheriting the effects of Brexit, of the climate crisis, our NHS and educational systems, it’s more important now than ever that we vote to ensure our voices are heard.

'vote to ensure our voices are heard'

Historically, the young vote has suffered from a low to modest turnout. In the last election, 57% of eligible voters aged 18-19 cast their vote, with 59% of the 20-24 demographic trailing marginally ahead. In contrast, a staggering 84% of those aged 70 or over turned out to vote.

Recently however, young voter interest has surged. Over 600,000 eligible voters aged 18-24 have registered since the election was announced. This is fantastic news, as it means more young people now than ever will have their say on how the country is run come 12 December.

Alex: vote to have your say 

Yes, Parliament can seem like a completely different world. Yes, some MPs seem like they live on a different planet to you. But the way to get them to start taking your problems seriously is to engage. Talk to them. If they know what the problems in your local area are, they might be able to take it on board and work to help you.

And if they don’t seem like they’re going to be helpful? Vote for someone who will be. This is your chance as a young adult to bring your priorities to the forefront. Particularly as in ten years’ time we’re going to be slap bang in the middle of the workforce. The decisions taken in the next few years are going to massively affect our lives. We can at least get involved.

'bring your priorities to the forefront'

Also, it's taken literally hundreds of years for us to get the vote. The voting age for both men and women was lowered to 21 in 1928, and then to 18 in 1969. People in some countries are still waiting for this kind of opportunity. Let’s not take it for granted.

ASK YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES TO PRIORITISE CHILDREN'S ISSUES

 

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