A local politics group has used National Voter Registration Day to boost a campaign that looks to educate young people about the benefits of voting.
‘Don’t Count Yourself Out’ (DCYO) hopes to encourage more young people to vote after only 44 per cent of 18-24 year olds chose to vote in 2010, compared to 76 per cent of people aged 65 or over.
Across the UK, National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) created a major buzz, with thousands of young adults registering to vote. Deciding to build on the momentum of this day, DCYO held its own NVRD stall at Sussex Coast College. Following the success of this stall, and many other before it, the politically neutral campaign held another stall the next day at Ark Blacklands Primary Academy.
James Bacon, a teaching assistant and founder of DCYO, said, “The reception and support we have managed to gather over the past nine months has been phenomenal.
“I have had the privilege to lead assemblies, discussions, stalls and debate clubs throughout the town and I am excited to do more in the community and local academies during the coming months.
“It is integral that young people take power and realise the importance of voting and the difference it can make by counting yourself as an active member of society and not becoming an inactive bystander, thus allowing others to make decisions for you.
“The various discussions I have had throughout the campaign have been enlightening and reveal how passionate young people are about certain issues. The problem is transferring that passion into votes. DCYO aims to assist in the process of making politics relevant and purposeful for young people.
“We look forward to continuing our work in Hastings, throughout schools, youth groups and other means. All the three of our parliamentary candidates are endorsing our campaign.”
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