Teenagers reminded to register to vote

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MEMBERS of South Tyneside Young People’s Parliament are helping remind 18-year-olds that they need to be registered to be able to cast their vote at next month’s local and Parliamentary elections.

Voters must be on the register by Monday, April 20

The Young People’s Parliament provides local teenagers with a platform to discuss matters that are important to them, champion youth issues locally, regionally and nationally as well as help to bring about change for the future.

Kieron Charlton, a 16-year-old student of Harton Technology College, was recently elected as chairwoman of the group.

She said: “We fully support this campaign to get more people of our age voting.

“As members of the Young People’s Parliament, we know how important it is to make sure the voices of young people are heard.

“The act of voting is one of the most effective ways that our younger generation can get involved in local democracy as it enables us to have our say on who will represent our views on issues that affect our everyday lives.

“We would encourage every single person who can vote to make sure they are registered and exercise this right.

“I have already registered to make sure I can vote when I turn 18.”

Young people can apply to register to vote by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote by the deadline date.

South Tyneside Council has a range of initiatives aimed specifically at encouraging young people to register to vote, including the fact that birthday cards are sent to them on their 18th birthday highlighting their new right to vote.

The local and Parliamentary elections take place on May 7, with 18 seats in all wards across South Tyneside Council being contested, alongside the South Shields and Jarrow parliamentary constituencies.

People who would prefer a postal vote need to be registered individually, and the closing date for applications is Tuesday, April 21, at 5pm.

Anyone who has difficulties accessing the internet or would like to register over the phone can call South Tyneside Council’s Elections Team on (424 7248 or 7527.

More information about electoral registration in South Tyneside is available on the Council’s website at www.southtyneside.info/elections.