Headlines > 100,000 under 25s register to vote

Posted on April 27, 2017

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Maksymilian Bolejko reports on how past election results are inspiring young people to get politically active
It’s often said that young people don’t care about politics, however with the next general election this might change as over 100,000 under 25s have registered to vote. Some say this is because of recent events with the EU referendum, as many young people didn’t vote, and were disappointed by the outcome.

In the EU referendum only a shocking 36% of 18-24-year-olds voted while 83% of over 65s voted.

This was also a problem in the past with the 2015 general election, where only 43% of 18-24-year-olds turned out to vote compared to the staggering 78% of the over 65s.

“It is encouraging that so many young people have registered to vote,” says Emma Hartley, Head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission.

What I think
This is a big step in the right direction with politics being forgotten or pushed aside by young people most of the time. Young people are giving older people hope now that we’re starting to think about politics.

I believe voting is very important as you’re deciding your future. This might help young people to stop getting ridiculed by older people who say that we never do anything but complain and overlook how important voting is.

What do you think? Please comment below.

Maksymilian Bolejko
Maks loves music and gaming, but most of all going out with friends. After he finishes school he would like to work in the media or gaming industry.

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4 Responses to 100,000 under 25s register to vote

  1. Adam April 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading the article and it gave an interesting insight into the topic

  2. Shakira Dyer April 28, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    Great article – especially for politics today. I thinkoung people getting involving in voting, and beginning to understand politics, is really important, particularly after the EU referendum but also in ‘normal’ – or relatively normal – elections.

    It is shocking that only 36% of young people voted in the EU referendum – part of this could be because they didn’t want to ‘feel swayed one way or the other’. Part of it could also be that there was some info out there that was true, and some that was… not so true. It’s hard to tell these apart, but that’s why young people need to learn how to get involved and voice thier own opinions about how the country might be run.

    This election will be the first time I’m voting in a general election – (yay!) – as I also voted in the EU referendum. I’m going to try and look into the policies of all the different parties if I have time, and not just vote on first impressions.

  3. jeffu May 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    good job my man

  4. Newganda May 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    This article is showing great progress

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