Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has today (3rd January 2014) written to local Further Education colleges and Teesside University to urge them to support National Voter Registration Day on 5 February 2014.
National Voter Registration Day has been organised by the Bite the Ballot campaign, and aims to register 250,000 new voters.
“We all need to do more to encourage young people to register to vote. Although you can register to vote from the age of 16, many young people do not. Indeed, in 2011, the Electoral Commission found that they were almost twice as many 18 year olds registered on Facebook in the UK than registered to vote.
“The aim of National Voter Registration Day is simple – to empower future generations of young people to realise that they have a say and a stake in decisions affecting their future.
“This annual day of coordinated action will see businesses, community groups and schools registering thousands of eligible young voters, showing them how and why they should take part in our democratic system – sparking their political journeys into local, national and globally-minded citizens.
“I have written to Prior Pursglove College, Middlesbrough College, Redcar & Cleveland College, CCAD and Teesside University to urge them to join in on National Voter Registration Day, to assist their students in becoming active citizens. This is particularly important in ensuring that young people can make their voices heard in this year’s European elections and next year’s General Election.”