Make Your Mark: Vote!
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Everyone knows that the voting age is currently at 18, with discussions going on about it possibly being lowered to sixteen.
But that still leaves a gap for the younger folk of the nation. What of those in the lower end of the CLIConline age spectrum who want to have their views heard?
Well, look no further than the UK Youth Parliament (known to fans of abbreviations as UKYP), as they have recently launched this thing called Make Your Mark.
It is a UK-wide ballot that gives those aged between eleven and eighteen a chance to decide what Members of Youth Parliament should vote and debate on during their visit to the House Of Commons this November.
There are fifteen different subject matters to vote for, where the four most voted options will be discussed.
- A curriculum to prepare us for life
- Votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all public elections and referendums
- Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all
- Our World, Our views
- Getting ready for work
- Marriage for all
- Save our Youth Services
- Our minds matter
- Better 16-19 Bursaries
- Youth-led Youth Budgets
- Working with the Police
- Giving our issues a platform
- An equal National Minimum Wage for all
- Involve young people in the political system
- Our rights matter
More information about the issues can be seen here.
You only have one vote mind, so make it count.
This isn't a new thing, mind. Last year, over 65,000 young people voted on the things they believe are the most pressing.
But how many of them where from Wales..?
12. Just over 0.001% of the total votes came from young people living in Wales.
I'm sure you'll agree with me, that needs to change. And the only it can change is if you go onto the ballot page, choose the one option that you believe that the Young Parliament should campaign on and wait until late November to see if they debate on the issue of your choice.
Don't take too long on your thinking, as the ballot closes on the 12th of October 2012.