A new survey by Kantar has found that just 14% of young people aged 18 to 24 will 'definitely vote' in the upcoming UK General Election. 57% of this age group said they 'probably' or 'definitely' will not vote. This is compared to 79% of over 65s who said they will definitely vote, alongside 50% … Continue reading Only 14% of young people will ‘definitely vote’ in upcoming General Election
Almost 5 million out of 6.8 million eligible voters did not take part in the new devolved Mayoral Elections which took part across England this week, with turnout as low as 21.3% in Tees Valley. The total turnout for the six Mayoral elections was just 27.7%. Mayoral Elections which took place in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; … Continue reading Less than 28% of the electorate turn out to vote in 2017 Mayoral Elections
by Nathalie Hulbert. #ineedonlinevotingbecause Constitutionally, the Government are not obliged to call another General Election until 2020. According to Theresa May, the British public "do not have an appetite" for one. That being said, I am of the opinion that just about anything could happen. Few of us predicted that by July 2016 Britain would no longer be … Continue reading Why are we still disabling Democracy?
By Councillor Abena Oppong-Asare. As we take the time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women today, it’s important to recognise the low turnout of women at the last general election. A study carried out by the ‘House of Commons Library at the request of Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, showed that 9.1 million women … Continue reading Women are at risk of falling off the electoral register – and out of the political debate
By Areeq Chowdhury. "2015?! You mean we're in the future?!" When a young, confused, orange-jacket-wearing Marty McFly time-travelled thirty years into 2015 Hill Valley, California, he was faced with technological marvels: flying cars, hoverboards and self-tying shoelaces. Dreams of the future originating from the imaginations of the 1989 blockbuster's script-writers. Fast-forward thirty years in the … Continue reading Getting back to the future of voting
Early reports from the West Midlands suggest that just over one in ten people voted in the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by-election yesterday. The estimate is that turnout was 10.32% meaning that around 1.8million people (out of an electorate of 2million) did not vote for their new Commissioner. The turnout in Coventry and Sandwell … Continue reading The 10% turnout in the West Midlands PCC by-election represents an embarrassment to UK democracy