MPs are soon set to vote on a new law, that would see the boundaries that MPs represent redrawn.
Labour is backing a change to the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill that would automatically add 16 year olds to the electoral register when they get their national insurance number, or ensure that 16-year olds would be given information on how to apply to join the electoral register.
16 and 17 year olds would still not be able to vote, but this amendment would take a big step towards improving registration rates among young people, and hopefully encourage more people to vote once they reach the age of 18.
You can register to vote now by going here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
It takes two minutes, and you don’t even need your national insurance number.
Luke had this to say on the issue:
“Electoral registration among young people is chronically low. In an effort to fix this, I am voting to improve registration for 16 &17 yr-olds. Registering in advance means young people are already on the electoral roll when they turn 18
“Voting is really important for our democracy, and allowing people the easy access to their civic right is essential. I hope that this amendment passes and that we are able to encourage better youth participation both in Plymouth and nationwide.”