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Electoral Commission urges 18-24 year olds to "Use Your Vote"!

electoral commission logoThe Electoral Commission are marking the 40th anniversary of the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 by urging young people register to vote in the upcoming elections. 

On 17 April 1969, Royal Assent was given to the 1969 Representation of the People Act, giving 18 to 20 year olds the right to vote in elections for the first time. 

However, research by the Electoral Commission has consistently shown that 18-24 year olds are less likely to take part in elections.

"We know that many people in this age group have strong political views," says Karen Quaintmere, Head of Electoral Administration for the Electoral Commission. "It's possible that they don't realise that they need to register first in order to vote. When they lived at home, one of their parents probably took care of this for them. Now that they are living in college or rented accommodation, or have even bought their first home, they need to register to vote. 

"Our message is: don't let anything stop you having your say in the elections on 4 June," says Karen. "The deadline to register to vote is 19 May. It just takes a few minutes: go to and print off a registration form or call your local authority and ask for one. The voting age was lowered because your views count - they still do, so don't lose the chance to make yourself heard!" 

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12/05/2009 - 14:27 by Anonymous

DEADLINE - ha, no wonder people 18 - 24 don't vote with words like that

Deadline to students out there are multiple in the amount of assignments they are completing for whatever course they are doing and a couple of minutes or not, the bulk aren't going to have time worry about something like that

They may have opinions to voice but even though they can made to be heard through registering to vote, they aren't engaged enough because of false promises and lies politicians fob the UK off with everyday


I don't vote not because I can't but because I won't - I'm waiting for a more convinving lie before I even think about it to be honest

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