YEAR OLDS DON'T BOTHER TO VOTE
(27 February 2006)
has the worst voter registration level in the country, and amongst
18-24 year olds, the problem is particularly bad. The 1824 Collective
is a campaign to increase the number of people who are registered
to vote ahead of the local elections in May. The 1824 Collective
was launched today (Monday 27 February) by leading UK urban artist
Estelle and MTV News presenter Tim Kash in Leicester Square.
Mayor of London and the Department of Constitutional Affairs partnered
together with Operation Black Vote, the Electoral Commission, the
Association of London Government, and the Commission for Racial
Equality to promote the message that people should get registered
and get voting.
Livingstone, the Mayor of London said: Shockingly, a quarter
of 18 to 24 year olds are not registered to vote. It is not in any
of our interests that our young people seem so disengaged in the
political process. These are the future generation of leaders and
decision makers and it is important that they feel that their opinions
are being heard.
are 5 million 18 to 24 year olds in the UK, which collectively is
a powerful voice that should and needs to be recognised. Together
their vote would have a huge impact on the way in which we are all
governed, from Parliament and City Hall, to the Town Hall. I hope
this campaign will encourage young people to use the ballot box.
The message is get registered and get voting.
Minister Harriet Harman said:The campaign to encourage young
Londoners to register to vote is vital for the health of our democracy.
To have an equal democracy everyone must have their right to vote
at election time.
great that so many young musicians have given their time freely
to support the right to vote.
is clearly a problem of our democracy excluding young people when
we have 25 per cent of Londoners under the age of 24 not on the
voters' register, compared to just two per cent of over-55 year
olds nationally. And to compound this problem, under-24s are the
least likely to vote. At the last General Election only 37 per cent
of registered 18-24 year olds turned out to vote, compared to 75
per cent of those over 65. This cannot be allowed to continue. We
must get more young people registered and voting.
18-24 campaign, which talks to young people on their own terms using
a variety of media, will help raise awareness and make an impact.
1824 Collective is about young people realising their potential.
By standing together and being willing to be counted, the UKs
5 million 18 to 24 year olds have a powerful voice which society
and politicians need to listen to. The collective is fronted by
up and coming UK urban artists like Alex Holland, Anushka, Ash,
Baby Chan, Baraka, Corrisse, Haze, J2K, JXXX, Lavish, L-Man and
about the campaign, Alex Holland, one of the 1824 Collective said:
We are a massive part of the electoral population. I strongly
believe that if we stick together and have the confidence to stand
up and be counted then we can seriously make a difference. I hope
people will hear our message and have the wisdom to act upon it.
People! A change is gonna come.
more information visit www.1824collective.co.uk.
Voter registration forms need to be completed and returned by 13