Films encourage young people in Grantham to vote

Grantham College students make a video encouraging youngsters to register to vote.
Grantham College students make a video encouraging youngsters to register to vote.
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The district council is sending out films as part of a special elections pack to encourage young people to register to vote.

The pack, including a ready made ‘Rock Enrol’ lesson pack, has been sent to all schools and colleges with students who are eligible to vote for the first time. The message is clear - register to vote before April 20 in order to vote in the district, parish and general elections on May 7.

Grantham College media and photography students produced the two videos, one with student voices on why vote and the fact that if you don’t have a say you have no influence.

In another film a time traveller whisks from place to place to illustrate just how many services are provided by SKDC affecting young lives – from leisure centres to the Meres sports stadium, cinema, arts centre, markets and CCTV cameras helping keep the streets safe.

Under a new government system - Individual Electoral Registration – it is now up to the individual to register their details and check they are correct. Previously one person could register the whole household.

Julie Edwards, SKDC elections and democratic services, said: “It’s been great to work with students to get their ideas on what will motivate others to vote and we are very grateful to Grantham College. Voting is a big important step, but without a vote they cannot have a say in how things are run. It’s not just young people we are targeting. It’s all residents who have not yet registered.”