Turning young people onto politics

With elections across the UK on 6 May, UNISON is supporting National Voter Registration Day on 19 April

Almost one-third of eligible young people aged 18 to 24 in the UK are not registered to vote. This means that young people are often left out or overlooked when it comes to political decision making.

UNISON member Mete Coban wants to change that by turning young people into an essential part of our democracy.

Mete set up the charity My Life My Say to get young people more involved in politics – and with a variety of elections happening across the UK on 6 May, it’s more important than ever.

So next Monday, 19 April, in partnership with Shout Out UK, My Life My Say will be coordinating National Voter Registration Day, which involves celebrities, businesses, third-sector organisations and politicians from across the political spectrum in an annual celebration to encourage people to register to vote.

UNISON is asking activists, branches and members to get involved and promote National Voter Registration Day on 19 April with the #RegisterToVote message.

This can be done by sharing social media posts both in the lead-up and on the day, encouraging people in your community to share videos about the importance of registering to vote or simply following our activity @MyLifeMySay to repost some of our messaging on the day.

There are graphics available – available here and there’s also a social media toolkit to provide you with a few examples of how you can promote National Voter Registration Day on 19 April.