Why Should You Register to Vote?

20160202_185418Last week was the National Voter Registration Drive! A lot of you out there may ask: why should I bother registering to vote? What’s the point when my vote won’t really make a difference as nobody cares? As a local councillor, I regularly hear these grievances on the doorsteps, at public meetings and on social media. My response is why wouldn’t you want to exercise a right that people in the past fought – or even in some cases – died for?

I am currently 19 and I remember that exciting moment when I could vote for the first time in 2014; in this case in the European Parliament elections for MEPs. That year also marked me being becoming Staffordshire’s youngest local councillor. I was co-opted onto my local parish council and now have the great honour of representing thousands of residents in my local community. During the general and local elections last May – after which I was successfully re-elected – I was highly disappointed at the lack of young adults at the polling stations. This is a phenomenon that we desperately need to change in the country; a turnout of 58% amongst 18-24 year olds is simply not good enough!

If you’re a young adult – or not far off reaching adulthood – and wondering why you should vote, I am now going to give you some reasons why you should. Read more… 

Don’t be a bystander. Register to Vote.

CaJo0pSWIAAR71cNational Voter Registration Drive (NVRD) is an annual campaign, working together with thousands of people around the UK coordinating local activities through which to engage, inform and inspire their communities to register to vote.

Members from UK Youth Voice talk about the importance of politics, voting and why young people should engage in democracy:

Read what they have to say