‘Bite the Ballot’ or be bitten?

 

Toby Perkins MP with Heather, Joshua and Sarah, students who registered to vote today.

Toby Perkins MP with Heather, Joshua and Sarah, students who registered to vote today.

Toby Perkins MP visited Chesterfield College to encourage young people to register to vote, as part of the national, youth led campaign, Bite the Ballot.

Toby Perkins said “Voting determines the kind of society we live in.  If you are not registered to vote, you don’t have a say.  I am concerned that young people and those from less privileged backgrounds are under-represented and so the laws we make in society do not always reflect their best interests”. 

In 2010, only 44% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted, while 76% of those aged 65 and over cast their vote. At the moment, only half of all young people are registered to vote. Certain groups are disproportionately under-represented. Only 56% of people living in private rented homes are registered. Nearly half of those not registered to vote mistakenly believe that they are.

Toby Perkins said  ‘”We must try and do better. The more people speak -out the more government has to listen, so I encourage everyone to register to vote to ensure your voice is heard in the debate”.  

Toby Perkins MP with Brian Carrol, Head of Student Experience at Chesterfield College and Catherine Taylor, President of the Students Union.

Toby Perkins MP with Brian Carrol, Head of Student Experience at Chesterfield College and Catherine Taylor, President of the Students Union.

“The electoral register performs a hugely important civic function. You can only vote, and choose the politicians who represent you, if you are on the register.  It also ensures citizens are properly counted for the drawing of political boundaries – by ward and constituency – meaning the voice of Chesterfield is heard”.

From next year, each individual will have to register, rather than the traditional method of a household survey. To register and to ensure you have a voice, simply visit AboutmyVote.co.uk, or contact Chesterfield Borough Council.

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