Green Party call to missing ten million voters

By   February 1, 2016

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Green Party to celebrate National Voter Registration Week with call to missing ten million voters

The estimated ten million people who choose not to vote in the UK could have a profound impact on the outcome of the next election if they can be convinced to participate by 2020 according to the Green Party, who fully support Bite the Ballot’s National Voter Registration Drive [1].

Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, said this group of people “holds a lot of power” and that a government or a party’s electoral legitimacy is dependent on a high turnout. Speaking ahead of the annual NVRD week, Bennett said:

“Our democracy is far from perfect and it’s not difficult to see why so many, especially young people, are not engaged with politics. Parties and politicians have a duty to encourage as many people as possible to play a part in voting and it’s not acceptable for any government to be content with low voter turnout. The higher the turnout, the more legitimate a party or government’s electoral success becomes. A lot of people don’t vote because they don’t see the point, but the ten million potential voters in the UK who can vote, but choose not to, could be decisive in determining who forms the next government. This group holds a lot of power.”

Last year, Bite the Ballot and partners encouraged 441,696 people to register to vote in one week of community and online democratic action.

Our democracy is far from perfect – but you can change that. Do it now! Register to vote here.

Notes:

[1] Bite the Ballot are coordinating a week of social action, calling on people to register to vote and begin to drive the political agenda by becoming active changemakers: http://bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd/

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