The inaugural National Democracy Week kicks off today (Monday 2nd July) to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave women the same voting rights as men. The Week is being led by the National Democracy Week Council, which includes over 40 organisations across the UK who are passionate about democratic engagement.
The aims of the week are to;
- increase understanding of how to take part in local and national decision making;
- empower more people to participate in democratic decision making;
- encourage people to register to vote;
- improve understanding of the barriers to democratic engagement; and
- show that in working together, we are greater than the sum of our parts.
I’m not old enough to vote – how can I get involved?
Young people aged 11-19 in Derby can get into local democracy by joining Voices in Action – our Youth Council. The Council meets on a monthly basis and is led by a Youth Mayor. Together, the group discuss what matters to them and make their voices heard by senior decision makers in the Council. Head over to the Council website to find out more.
Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licensing commented:
“The right to vote is something that people can take for granted. It’s important to remember that only 90 years ago, people in the UK were still campaigning for that right. We all have a part to play in democracy, even if it’s just visiting a polling station to vote on Election Day. I’d encourage anyone who isn’t registered to vote, to visit the Government website and take five minutes to register.”
If you still want to find out more about, we’ll be hosting a drop in event on Thursday (5th July) at the Council House from 10.00am until 2.00pm to answer any and all questions you might have about voting, elections and even showing you how easy it is to register to vote!
To find out more about voting and elections in Derby, you can read the Guide to Voting in Derby on the Council website.
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