Tinie Tempah backs first ever National Voter Registration Day on 5 February
UK rapper Tinie Tempah puts his might behind the first ever National Voter Registration Day on 5 February, backed by free classroom resources to prepare for changes to the registration system.
Whether or not young people vote is up to them, but - as things stand - many first-time voters are in danger of unwittingly finding themselves without a vote.
National Voter Registration day, an initiative of organisation Bite the Ballot, aims to raise awareness of changes to electoral registrations and to encourage young people to make sure they are eligible to vote at the next election. It is being supported by rapper Tinie Tempah and a host of other celebrities, including Eliza Doolittle, Jamal Edwards and Dominique Moore.
In the past, voters were registered by the head of their household. That is changing. By the next election, just a year away, voters will have to register themselves, and do it online. This is likely to hit school leavers hardest as they will form the bulk of new voters.
When the same changes were introduced in Northern Ireland, the number of young people registered to vote plummeted. They just didn't know about it and so couldn't vote.
We think it is important for your students' democratic education that they recognise their new responsibility for registering their vote, and we're sure you do too.
So, to help you prepare, Bite the Ballot has produced free, celebrity-led classroom resources that will connect with 16-18 year olds. Teachers can use them in a 45-minute session; they're really clear and effective and we think you'll love them.
They also include an accessible new Voter Registration form, designed with government support, to help connect young people to the electoral process.
For the free resources, simply enrol at bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd/takepart.
National Voter Registration Day: 5 February 2014