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Scouts encourage young people to get voting.
The Electoral Commission has launched a campaign alongside youth organisations like The Scout Association in a bid to get more students and young people on the electoral registers ahead of the General Election in May.
Called ‘Register a Friend’, the campaign will prompt young people (who have already registered to vote) to encourage their non-registered friends and family to do the same by sharing messages and photos on social media.
The initiative, which launches today, is also being supported by the National Union of Students (NUS), Association of Colleges (AoC), British Youth Council, London Youth, YMCA and National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE).
The campaign begins with a person encouraging their friend to register to vote. Then, once that friend has registered, they can take a photo of themselves making a ‘voter cross’ before sharing that photo on Facebook or Twitter, along with a message saying they’ve encouraged a friend to register; their friends or followers can then do the same.
The message will include the hashtag #RegAFriend and a link to gov.uk/register-to-vote, where people can register to vote.
Young people, including students, are less likely to be registered to vote than those in other age-groups. Electoral Commission research indicates that around 30% of 18-24 year olds are not registered to vote compared to less than 5% of those aged over 65.
Hannah Kentish (pictured), UK Youth Commissioner for The Scout Association, comments: ‘We know that there are so many people who have not yet registered to vote so they can take part in the elections in May. We have close to 10,000 young adults who are our members and will be first-time voters. We don’t want any of them to not get their voice heard. We’ll be encouraging the young adults we work with to get behind the campaign, register themselves and ask their friends to do the same.
#RegAFriend on Facebook and Twitter and get other young people voting.
Also, check out our Rock Enrol! resource, which introduces the topics of registering and voting via games and materials aimed at inspiring young people to discuss and debate what they care about.