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Opinion: Registering young voters increases party loyalty

Ballot paperThe move to Individual Electoral Registration later this year has the capacity to enable our party to re-engage with many young and new voters. Given our polling numbers, this is all the more pertinent, as registering young voters increases party loyalty.

There is considerable evidence that if people vote at the start of their careers as citizens, they are more likely to carry on voting. Rather than canvassing people sporadically, we should be targeting 16,17 and 18 year olds. Just like voters of all ages, young voters are attracted to candidates that reach out to them. Partisan loyalty develops during their first few years of being enfranchised. Reams of academic research in America show a young voters’ first presidential vote and party vote influence their party choice for decades. As Rock the Vote explain, voter registration remains the largest barrier to youth participation, but if they are registered, young people vote! Individual Electoral Registration opens the doors to the younger voters.

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Lord Rennard writes… Individual Electoral Registration: a journey from Tory instincts to Lib Dem legislation

In 2003, the Electoral Commission recommended that Great Britain should follow the example of Northern Ireland and move to a system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER), where everyone fills in their own form. Labour havered for six years, fearing that ‘their’ voters might not register individually. It took until 2009 for them to introduce framework legislation to bring in individual registration at some future point, with no guarantees as to exactly when.

When the Coalition took office, the two parties agreed to speed up Labour’s glacial process.  Ministers settled on a transitional period encompassing the next General Election. The new system …

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  • User AvatarPsi 2nd Sep - 12:14am
    Jayne Mansfield "I agree that scapegoating individuals is not the answer " That is not what any one is proposing. It is holding people accountable...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 2nd Sep - 12:10am
    Hmm, I suppose creditors should price in the fact that people might just walk away from their debt, but when corporate banks seem to be...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 1st Sep - 11:47pm
    Statutory deradicalization probably means that the user of that phrase hasn't got a clue. Which fits given who the user is. However it really is...
  • User AvatarDave Page 1st Sep - 11:45pm
    But sadly, most of the people going to fight for IS are not particularly religious; there's a good piece by Dan Hannan (with whom I...
  • User AvatarMatt (Bristol) 1st Sep - 11:42pm
    I need some sort of civil-liberties-stripping crisisometer to keep objective track of the successive pretexts / really, really pressing reasons for taking people's right to...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 1st Sep - 11:41pm
    Mark might be onto something. I emailed the business department about leveraged buy-outs last week, about how people shouldn't be able to buy healthy companies,...