As part of the run up to the General Election students from Ashton Sixth Form College and Hyde Clarendon College took part in a ‘Bite the Ballot’ Democracy Day, organised by Tameside Council, the idea is to demystify the voting process and switch young people onto the world of politics and the influence they can have on society and their communities.
Bite the Ballot is a party neutral, not for profit community interest organisation which aims to increase the number of young people registered to vote and the turnout of young people at elections. It encourages young people to play a greater role in their local, national and global communities, showing them the impact they can make as active citizens.
During the Democracy Day, held at Ashton Sixth Form College on 25 March, approximately 75 students aged 16-18 took part in games aimed at inspiring discussions about voting, demystifying the registration process and emphasising the enormous power young people have. In addition to these sessions, the students were able to take part in a lunchtime ‘Registration Rally’ where they were able to find out more about registering to vote.
The deadline for receiving applications to register to vote for the General and local elections on 7 May is 20 April (midnight) and the deadline for receiving new applications for (or cancelling) postal or proxy votes is 21 April (5pm). You can do it online in less than five minutes by going on the Government website, you just need to have your National Insurance number handy.