Uttlesford Lib Dem leader wants more young people registering to vote

11:37 03 February 2014

Cllr Elizabeth Parr

Cllr Elizabeth Parr

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The leader of Uttlesford Liberal Democrat group is calling on teachers, bosses and youth leaders to help empower a generation of young people and register them to vote ahead of the upcoming local and Euro elections on May 22.

Cllr Elizabeth Parr is urging local schools, businesses and youth organisations to take part in the UK’s first National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Wednesday (February 5).

NVRD aims to empower young people to realise that they have a say and a stake in decisions affecting their future.

Across the UK, businesses, community groups and schools will be registering thousands of eligible young voters, showing them how and why they should take part in our democratic system.

The campaign, organised by Bite the Ballot, will also mark 180 years since the Great Reform Act which first introduced voter registration.

Cllr Parr said: “We all need to do more to inspire and engage young people and ensure they don’t miss out on their chance to vote. The first step towards this is to make sure that every 16-24 old is registered to vote.”

“Many of those who are not on the electoral register are unaware that they are not registered to vote. With the local elections approaching fast, I would urge everyone, and not only young people, to get involved in the National Voter Registration Day and make sure they sign up to vote.

“As a young person myself I know we can make a huge difference to politics and our local communities, but we need to register to vote to make it happen”.

Only half of all young people are registered to vote compared to 96 per cent of those aged over 65. Bite the Ballot hopes to register 250,000 new voters on February 5.

To find out more, or to sign up, visit nvrd.co.uk/takepart

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