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Bite The Ballot @ Cardiff

Posted by Adam (Work Experience) from Cardiff - Published on 30/03/2015 at 13:51
2 comments » - Tagged as Culture, Education, People, Topical

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The City of Cardiff Council are with working with the Electoral Commission to inform young how to register to vote under the new registration system.

In the past, registrations were done by households, so one person would register all the people in their household. Now the system has changed to individual registration online which can be found here or through the VERTO App launched in April.

In addition to this, Bite the Ballot is now working with Cardiff Council to encourage young people to register to vote and get them involved in the process of democracy. Bite the Ballot are a party-neutral movement that empowers young voters and places young, inspirational Community Engagement Officers (CEOs) in to local councils to engage, inform and register 16-24 year olds.

A Bite the Ballot Community Engagement Officer said "We are party neutral and the 'Basics' workshop sessions running in Cardiff are aimed at getting young people thinking about the voting process and stressing to them the importance of registering to vote. We are really looking forward to launching the Voter Advice App VERTO and the Democracy Cafe here in Cardiff."

The Bite the Ballot CEOs will be running a number of interactive events and workshops in schools, colleges and in a Starbucks coffee shop to raise awareness of the importance to register and vote.

Bite the Bullet will be running a number of events and workshops to inspire young people to register and vote. This will be a brilliant opportunity to learn skills that will allow you to be able to better understand how your vote is an important tool to help make the change you want to see in society. As part of the Democracy Cafe events you will get a FREE DRINK, and be shown their new brilliant voter advice app called VERTO (Italian for the word vote).

In addition to these already brilliant Democracy Cafes, Bite the Ballot will also be in High Schools and Sixth Form Colleges for a week following the 13th of April. There will be even more creative workshops and mock polling stations to show the impact of your vote.

Councillor Daniel De'Ath, Cabinet Member for Safety, Engagement & Democracy said "We are very keen to engage with young people in Cardiff to encourage them to register and explain why it's important to vote. The workshops are a great way for them to participate in discussions so that they fully understand how the voting process works and how they can have their say."

To find out where the Democracy Cafe will be located in Cardiff and for details on other activities email cardiff@bitetheballot.co.uk

Alternatively, you can follow Bite the Ballot on social media - @bitetheballotFacebook.com/bitetheballot or @askverto.

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Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 13 months ago - 31st March 2015 - 15:09pm

The plan is for the Democracy Cafe to be on Wednesdays in a cafe in the city centre, for more details and to register, email cardiff@bitetheballot.co.uk as they're not drop-in sessions.



Commented 13 months ago - 2nd April 2015 - 09:25am

It's sad that companies feel the need to bribe young people with free drinks to get them superficially involved in politics. Why did I register to vote? Because it's incredibly important to me that I have my say in my country. Not because someone offered me a 7up.

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