Young voters could sway election outcome

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The youth democracy movement, Bite the Ballot, are campaigning to involve more 18-24 year olds with this years General Election.

Will you be voting this Thursday?

Bite the Ballot are a Youth Democracy movement who have been travelling around Nottingham, Cardiff and Coventry with the aim of inspiring young people  to vote in this year’s General Election.

Polling_station_6_may_2010The last General election saw only half this age range register to vote with the actual election turn-out involving only a quarter of those.  In comparison to this, three quarters of all registered voters over 65 voted in the last General election, showing how engagement with UK politics differ with age.

Bite the Ballot have been targeting areas where registered voters were at their lowest and since Untitledvoter registration closed, the campaign has been trying to encourage registered voters to actually go through with their democratic duty.

This general election has had a 15% increase in the amount of 18-24 year old who have registered to vote. Three quarters of the £6.8 million young people should hopefully be voting this Thursday which will result in a record of young voters since 1964.

Rachel Armitage works for Bite the Ballot as their Community Engagement officer for Nottingham. Her role is to help increase the number of young voters there are by encouraging them to register and then finally voting . However, for a limited time after, she continues to raise awareness for young voters by holding small community events. She feels that young people should be more enthusiastic when it comes to politics.

Twenty four year old Carly Smith is a registered voter and gave us her opinion as to why young people choose not to vote.

It’s not really their demographic is it, it’s not aimed at them. It’s too much technical jargon, too much technical jargon.

In showing this comment to Rachel  Armitage she replied in saying that with more encouragement we can change the views of young voters to help them realise they are more involved with politics than they originally thought.

UntitledIf you are still struggling with who to vote for, Bite the Ballot are encouraging the use of Verto, an online voter advice tool which uses people’s opinions to help direct them to a suitable part which represents their likes and dislikes.  It simply asks you to click whether you agree or disagree with statements and forms a pie chart, showing you where your interests lie most.

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