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The importance of registering to vote for young people

17 May 2017

Nick Bell. Prospects Chief Executive, has called on young people to register to vote and exercise their democratic mandate.

Prospects works with more than 100,000 young people each year, helping those who are, or are at risk of becoming, not in employment, education or training, young people leaving care and vulnerable young adults.

For these young people voting day is fast approaching and may be the first time they will have had an opportunity to have their voices heard. Young people need to be registered before they can vote in the general election. Registering to vote is easy and can be done at gov.uk/register-to-vote, all it requires is for you to answer 11 questions including your name, address, national insurance number and if you would like a postal vote. Your application will be submitted and you will receive a reference number and an email confirming your submission. Once it has been approved, you will then be able to vote on 8 June. The deadline to register is midnight on 22 May.

Young people aged 18-24 are being encouraged to vote, figures show that 18-24 year olds voted least out of all ages groups. Almost seven million people have fallen off the electoral role or have registered incorrectly.

Nick Bell CEO of Prospects says: “Too many young people are still not registered to vote. All parties are keen to ensure that everyone who is entitled to vote can exercise their democratic mandate, and enabling young people to become more confident and have a voice underpins much of our work. I would therefore ask those of you involved in work with young people to encourage them to register to vote. Whatever their political views it will result in an election that is far more representative.”

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