Events

Below are key dates that will enable you to engage in the election process or key events that the League of Young Voters are running.

April 2014

 

JOIN THE VOTE

 

Are you registered to vote in the elections on 22nd May? Are your neighbours? Chances are at least some of them are not.

Does this even matter? After all, our democracy has huge problems. 38 Degrees made this clear two weeks ago when we told MPs that a huge reason people don’t vote is a lack of trust in politicians and parties. No wonder many people feel voting is pointless. [1]

But for those politicians who find it easier to ignore their constituents, this isn’t a problem. In fact, people not voting makes their lives easier because it means fewer people are paying attention to challenge bad decisions that they make.

Together we had lots of ideas on how to make our democracy better – such as the right to sack bad MPs, a new voting system or a ‘none of the above’ option when we go to vote. These things are only going to happen if more people are engaged, not fewer.

At the beginning of this year thousands of 38 Degrees members said that we should work together to get more people registered to vote. [1] That’s why, over the last few weeks, the office team and our partners Bite the Ballot have been hatching an exciting plan to register hundreds of thousands of our neighbours to vote.

On Saturday 26th April, a week before the voter registration deadline, we’ll go out on our streets and register our neighbours to vote. Already 4,000 of us have said we’d like to take part. Will you join in with other volunteers near you?

All you need to do is sign up to your local team now and you’ll be sent a registration pack and instructions. We need to get the final list of volunteers by Thursday, so please sign up now:

At the beginning of this year thousands of 38 Degrees members said that we should work together to get more people registered to vote. [2] That’s why over the last few weeks the office team and our partners Bite the Ballot have been hatching this exciting plan to register hundreds of thousands of our neighbours to vote. [3]

Here’s the plan:

  • Today you can use the new jointhevote.org website where you can join your team and choose the streets you want to cover.

 

  • Once everyone’s signed up and organised into teams, Join the Vote packs will be sent out to everyone with registration forms, instructions on what to do, a badge, and a guide to getting local media coverage.

 

  • On Saturday 26th April thousands of us will take to the streets, knocking on our neighbours’ doors, dropping off registration forms and a letter explaining about the EU elections. In the following days we’ll go back around and collect any registration forms.

 

  • Once they’re all collected you’ll send them to the appropriate electoral registration office, in time for the final deadline on 6th May.

So what do you say? Will you join the team for your area and register your neighbours to vote?

 

 

 

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Reconnecting UK Youth to Europe: Speak Out!

Location: SouthBank, London
Venue: the British Film Institute, Blue Room
Date and time: 25 April 2014, 14.00hrs to 16.30hrs

Please RSVP to the event here.

The final event of the Reconnecting UK Youth to Europe Project is an opportunity to debate, discuss and discover what young people really think about the EU and to meet other likeminded youth participation groups and organisations engaged in supporting young people’s civic action across the country.

There will be a number of travel bursaries available for young people to attend the event, please contact Dr Darren Sharpe at darren.sharpe@anglia.ac.uk for more information.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Andrew Hood, Deputy Director Balance of Competences and EU Strategy European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office.
  • Tom Spencer, Deputy Chairman Pro Europa, The Brussels Council of the British European Movement and also chaired the Youth Campaign in 1975
  • Filippo Addarii, Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab
  • Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Lib Dem Candidate for European Elections

 

Background:

The gap between citizens and European Institutions is growing constantly, with young people showing an especially low interest in EU affairs. Citizens’ low level of political engagement not only has a serious effect on the quality of the EU’s democratic life, but also means citizens’ interests and views are likely to be under-represented in the decision-making process.

As a result, this EU Representation in the UK funded project has specifically mobilised young people in the UK, engaging them in EU affairs and creating an understanding of how Europe influences their daily lives. The aim now is to connect these young people and their views to policy-makers in Brussels, giving them a forum to voice their opinions and shape the Europe they want to see.

At the event, we will debate the results from our video competition and online poll with the help of our guest speakers and audience. This will be an interactive event and an opportunity to share your own work and ideas on how to engage citizens and make the European agenda relevant to young people in the UK.

 

May 2014

Tuesday 6th May – Registration closes for the European and Local Government Elections

To find out how to register and vote please go to http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how_do_i_vote/registering_to_vote.aspx

Thursday 22nd May – Voting time! European Elections / Local Government Elections

Find out what happens when you go to vote

http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how_do_i_vote/polling_station_walkthrough.aspx

June 2014

 

Generation Now Conference, hosted by the National Union of Students (NUS)

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League of Young Voters members the NUS have a national campaign entitled ‘We are the Change’, which will be launched at the Generation Now Conference in Norwich on 4th June.

Who are we?

This year ‘We are the Change’ East of England together with several student unions in the area focused on getting the vote of young people out. Throughout the year we have: launched an open discussion on “The Russell Brand Debate: To Vote or Not to Vote”; celebrated National Voter Registration Day; and run various bespoke activities to push for an increased registration turn-out on the region.

Generation Now Conference

Young people are famously put off by both politics and politicians as a whole. Bite the Ballot, a partner charity on the campaign, have worked out that around 45% of young people (under 25) are registered to vote whereas around 90% of people over 65 are registered to vote, meaning government policy is more likely to affect the older generation. We want to change this. NUS is inviting young people from across the East of England to take part in this FREE conference dedicated to getting young people thinking and talking about policies and the ideas behind them. Simultaneously, it will help enrich their community organising understanding, campaigning and networking skills and provide them with the tools to fight against the apathy of their peers.

For the students who attend it will give them a chance to:

• Gain campaigning and influencing skills through workshops and games

• Share local & regional initiatives aiming to encourage young people to participate in politics and the electoral processes, especially first-time voters

• Meet like-minded students from across the region, as well as political figures, activists and comedian Chris Coltrane.

Please have a look at the draft program below,

10:00 Welcome/Political Speed Dating
11:00 Morning Coffee
11:15 The Basics: Vote with your feet and Show me the Money
12:00 How to campaign/Community organising
13:00 Lunch
13:30 Chris Coltrane: Why is important to be active in your community
14:00 Panel Debate: What would make young people care about politics (Toni Pearce, Chloe Smith, Rupert Read, Clive Lewis, etc.)
15:00 Coffee
15:20 Apathy workshop
16:20 Networking

 

For more information and to registered for this free event follow this link.

 

 

September 2014

Tuesday 2nd September  – Registration closes for the Scottish Referendum

To find out how to register and vote please go to http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/referendum_scotland.aspx

Thursday 18th September – Voting time! Scottish Referendum

Sunday 21st September –  Labour Party Conference

The League will be running events for the young people at this conference watch this space for more details.

Sunday 28th September – Conservative Party Conference

The League will be running events for the young people at this conference watch this space for more details.

October 2014

Sunday 5th October – Liberal Democrat Party Conference

The League will be running events for the young people at this conference watch this space for more details.

May 2015

Thursday 7th May   – UK General Election

Find out what happens when you go to vote

http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how_do_i_vote/polling_station_walkthrough.aspx