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22 January, 2014

Ofsted Chair backs National Voter Registration Day

Baroness Sally Morgan, Chair of Ofsted, has added her support to National Voter Registration Day on 5 February. 'It is essential that we prepare our young people for their future,' she said.

Voting in Hackney - image by Alex Lee http://flickr.com/people/91182336@N00
Image by Alex Lee (Wikicommons)

National Voter Registration day is an initiative of organisation Bite the Ballot, and 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.

‘I am pleased to support Bite the Ballot’s National Voter Registration Day,' said Baroness Morgan. 'It is essential that we prepare our young people for their future and that they are ready to become active and well-informed citizens. This exciting campaign is an important step in engaging students in the democratic process and encouraging them to have a stake in their future.’

The Ofsted Chair joins a list of high-profile supporters, including Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle, Jamal Edwards and Dominique Moore.

Part of the reason for National Voter Registration Day is to raise awareness of changes to the system. In the past, voters were registered by the head of their household; by the general election next year, they will have to register themselves. It is likely that many new voters will unwittingly find themselves without a vote come election day.

One of the more vulnerable groups is school leavers, as they will form the bulk of new voters. So, to help schools with this important element of democratic education, Bite the Ballot has also produced free classroom resources, which include an accessible new Voter Registration Form.

National Voter Registration Day: 5 February 2014.

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