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.