Voting Behaviour: Young People

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 10th February 2015.

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Labour, Glasgow North

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government's policy is on increasing participation amongst young voters.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The introduction of online registration makes registering to vote quicker, simpler and more convenient than ever before. Over 1 million applications to register to vote have been made by young people.

On 4 February the Government announced that a number of national organisations will receive funding to promote voter registration. The organisations include the British Youth Council and UK Youth. We will also fund student organisations including the NUS.

In addition we have supported data sharing initiatives whereby universities share directly with Electoral Registration Officers the details of students who can then be contacted individually.

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