2nd to 8th February 2015
Bristol Trades Union Council ( Bristol TUC ) is urging all union reps to use Voter Registration Day, 5th February to talk to young workers to encourage them to register to vote.
In another sign of this government’s undemocratic approach to democratic governance, rules on voter registration have changed. Each person in a household has to individually register. Hundreds of thousands of people, especially young people and students, may lose their vote. After the last general election in 2010, the Electoral Commission found that six million eligible voters were not on the electoral register. This year it may be much worse.
The Registration drive – #NVRD – will be a week of action from 2nd to 8th February aimed at encouraging young people to register to vote. National Voter Registration Drive is being run by Bite the Ballot with support from NUS, 38 Degrees, Citizens UK, and Operation Black Vote. It is vital that young people register and use their vote. Resources, information and ideas for workplace activity are available on the National Voter Registration Drive website. If you’re planning to run activity in your workplace, let the South West TUC know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The TUC has issued a press statement on the National Voter Registration Drive which says –
“New analysis published by the TUC today (Thursday) to coincide with National Voter Registration Day reveals that young people – who are currently the least likely to vote – are getting an especially rough deal on pay and job security.
The TUC says that unless young people register to vote, the problems they face could easily be ignored by politicians in the election.”
Read the complete press release here – Young people must register to vote for job security and better pay, says TUC
More information on the campaign in the South West can be found on this page South West TUC encourages workplace reps to ‘sign up’ members to vote in General Election.