College students drive voter registration

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Students at West Nottinghamshire College are busy exercising good citizenship in the run up to the General Election.

The Students’ Union is pulling out all the stops across each campus to get students engaged in the Active Citizens Rock Enrol campaign—part of the Government’s new individual registration system.

The initiative encourages online registration from age 16 in readiness to participate in elections from age 18.

Will Jordan, president of the Students’ Union, said: “We’ve already had a lot of students sign up at our campaign desk, where we’re helping people to register online. We’d like to see 400 or more sign up between now and the deadline on Monday April 20.”

One of those registering was Christopher Morrell, 17, who explained: “Voting is a chance for us to get our voice heard. It’s our future at the end of the day and we should all aim to be involved.”

The voter registration system is no longer based on the head of the household completing paperwork, so college-age students are able to register themselves.

Savinnah Quelcuti, 16, said: “This is an opportunity to get young people thinking about how things can change in the future—especially on the employment front. Getting your vote heard can affect everything in society.”

The Union plans more sign-up sessions after the Easter break. Students can win the chance of a free election breakfast by taking a screenshot of their online registration.

Active Citizens FE is a national network for post-16 citizenship, learner voice and social action, supporting both staff and students to make a difference. More information is available at www.activecitizensfe.org.uk.