Bradford MP, David Ward is urging the Government and MP’s from across the political spectrum to help promote National Voter Registration Day 2015 on February 5, in the hope to encourage more young people in Bradford and across the country to get registered and voting.
David Ward has submitted an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Voter Registration, calling on the Government and MP’s from all Political Parties to help promote and support National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on Thursday 5th February.
National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on 5th February is only the second time the event is being organised following a very successful day last year that saw hundreds of students and young adults organise events all over the country which resulted in encouraging over 50,000 people to register to vote.
Organised by Bite the Ballot, NVRD marks the anniversary of the Great Reform Act 1832 on 5th February, which first introduced the system of voter registration. The aim of NRVD 2015 is to register 250,000 young people and help engage the 4 million who are currently not registered before the general election this year. Last year NVRD was supported by ASDA, the National Union of Students and well known celebrities like Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle and the founder of SBTV, Jamal Edwards.
There are 4 main ways to get involved with NVRD 2015 including organising a registration rally of your own or running an information session at a school or college. Resources and more information are available at http://bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd/.
Commenting David Ward MP said:
“It’s absolutely essential that young adults are encouraged to get registered and get voting.
“If young people don’t vote, then they don’t have a political voice and politicians will not care what they think, which results in them missing out on resources as political parties target their core voters.
“Getting young people in Bradford to register and vote is one of my biggest priorities and that’s why I’ll be visiting local colleges and sixth forms in order to try and raise awareness that voting matters and if you want things to change, then you need to start voting.”
For the last 2 years, over the summer break Mr Ward has organised his Get on the Bus Summer tour where he travels across the Bradford East area engaging with young people, talking to them about politics and encouraging hundreds of young people aged 16-24 in Bradford to register to vote.