Last Thursday, Stephen met with students across East Ham to raise awareness about individual voter registration as part of National Voter Registration Day. Throughout the day Stephen spoke with students at New Vic Sixth Form College, Newham College and the University of East London.
The way in which we register to vote has changed from the old system whereby the head of the household could register everyone who lived at their address. Now everyone has the responsibility of registering themselves and this can now be done online. The change to our voter registration system is expected to hit 16-24 year olds hardest.
During the day Stephen spoke with students at a morning assembly at Newham College, met with classes at New Vic and raised awareness about the changes to the voter registration system amongst students at the University of East London.
Speaking after the day-long event, Stephen said, “National Voter Registration Day was a real success. This national drive provided the perfect opportunity to speak directly with those who are sadly, predicted to fall off of the electoral register as a result of this change to our voter registration system. We need to make sure that this isn’t allowed to happen. Many of the young people that I spoke to on Thursday were surprised to hear that these changes were coming into force. It is vital that we get more young people involved and engaged with politics and ensure that every young person who is able to vote, is registered to do so in time for the upcoming general election in May.”