Young People Aren't Excited About Voting for Old People

By Gary Cutlack on at

The young people of the land still aren't particularly bothered about the prospect of voting for the least horrid of the selection of old men standing to be declared as important in their constituency, with data showing that the number of 16-17-year-olds who are registered to vote in future ballots when they come of cross-putting age is decreasing.

This is from the Electoral Reform Society, which says the number of 16-17-year-olds registered to vote in future elections has fallen by more than 25 per cent over the last three years.

This is because of changes in the way the registration system works. Previously, dad or mum or someone into politics at the college were able to register young people on their behalf, but the new system of self-registration that came in in 2014 has put an end to that. Hence the teens not bothering to open boring-looking letters from their local council and not appearing on the register.

Katie Ghose from the Electoral Reform Society said: "There is a real risk that this election could be one where the registration time bomb goes off, leaving hundreds of thousands without a voice. The collapse in the number of 16- and 17-year-olds on the register in 2016 is a warning sign to anyone who cares about political engagement and young people’s stake in our democracy." [Guardian]

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