Young people’s guide to voting in Jersey launched

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A leaflet aimed at encouraging young Islanders to register and vote in the 2014 States of Jersey elections has been launched by the Privileges and Procedures Committee.
The guide provides young voters with information about registering to vote and voting in the elections which will take place in October 2014. It will be circulated to all of the 16+ schools and colleges and also at various Youth Service events in the lead up to the elections. Jersey reduced the voting age to 16 in 2007 and the Privileges and Procedures Committee recognizes the importance of encouraging young people to engage with the political process and to use their vote in the autumn.
Committee Chairman, Deputy Jeremy Maçon, said the leaflet, which is also available on the vote.je website, provides young people with essential information about the Jersey electoral system. He said: “My Committee wants young people to have an understanding of the Island’s government system so that they can make an informed choice in October 2014 about who will represent them in the States Chamber for the next 4 years. We want to ensure that young people are aware that they are entitled to vote from the age of 16 and this leaflet outlines the registration process and also provides details of the voting system. We hope it will encourage young people to use their votes”.
As well as the leaflet, Deputy Maçon said that teachers from the Island’s 16+ schools and colleges and the Youth Service would be attending talks run by the States Greffe to ensure that they were able to explain the voting system to interested young people. It was also hoped that Islanders would follow @Voteje on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with information about the forthcoming elections. He said: “We want everyone to use their votes in October when Islanders will be electing a new States Assembly. We hope that the Island’s younger voters will recognize that this autumn they also have the opportunity to determine who represents them in the States Chamber and who shapes the future of our Island.”
Islanders can log onto www.vote.je for more information.

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