>>Why register to vote?
In 2010, only 44% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted, while 76% of those aged 65+ cast their vote.
Groups with the lowest turnout rates – the youngest and the poorest – faced cuts of 20% in their annual household income, while those who were more likely to vote – older and richer voters – saw their budgets fall by 12%.
If we look at just age, those aged 16 to 24 faced cuts to services worth 28% compared to 10% for those aged 55 to 74.
“The cuts have disproportionately affected the young and the poor – precisely those groups that vote with least frequency… More worryingly, unequal turnout unleashes a vicious cycle of disaffection and under-representation among those groups. This downward spiral risks permanently excluding these citizens from electoral life… and thus threatens a central claim of democracy: that every citizen’s preference, no matter their status, should count equally.” - Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Do we have a right to call what we have a democracy anymore?
Just by being registered to vote you have an influence.
At the moment only half of all young people are registered to vote compared to 96% of those 65+. If you were a politician and you needed votes to have a job again next year, who would you write policies for? Who would you make cuts from?
If you aren’t on the register, you are invisible.
>> But who do I vote for?
It doesn’t matter! Just by being on the electoral register you even out the balance. If there is no one who represents you remember you can spoil your ballot or if you think you can do a better job stand for election!
>>How do I register to vote?
Registering to vote isn’t as easy as it should be, we’re working hard on making it easier for everyone but till then go to About My Vote to get a registration form, or print off our registration form and send it off to your Local Authority. It takes some effort, but it has a big impact.