YMCA, the oldest and largest youth charity in the world, is calling on young people all over the UK to ensure their voices are heard in June’s General Election by registering to vote today.
The charity, which works across 740 communities in England and Wales, is directing young residents and service users to the Gov.uk website where they can register online in a matter of minutes.
Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England & Wales, the national council of YMCAs, said: “This election is one of the most important of recent years and it is essential that young people stand up and have their say.
“Only 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the last election – the lowest of any age group – and, because of this, it remains easy for their voices to be lost in the political debate. This needs to change if we want to see decision makers prioritise young people through policies that will positively impact on their lives and prospects.
“All of this starts with young people getting online and registering to vote. By signing up today, finding out what their local candidates can offer and making an informed choice on polling day, young people can impact on the result of the election and help ensure the decisions of future governments are reflective of what is best for them now and in the future.”
The deadline to register to vote for the 8 June General Election is Monday 22 May. Register online.