COLUMN: Politicians don’t make policies for those who don’t vote

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Recently local volunteers took to the streets of Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills and others, as part of the Join the Vote national campaign.

The campaign took place between April 26 and April 29 and concerned registering voters in time for the European Parliament elections.

Currently 6.5 million people are missing from the electoral register in the UK.

As part of the Join the Vote campaign, volunteers were asked to sign up online through Bite The Ballot and 38 Degrees.

I signed up after reading only 56 per cent of people my age, between 19-24, are currently registered to vote.

I was asked to give some basic details and allocated to the “SK22” team.

This team covered New Mills, Hayfield and Little Hayfield; we chose our routes using an online map.

As a team leader was needed, I stepped up to the role.

The SK22 team began registering voters on the Saturday morning.

This involved knocking on neighbours’ doors, asking if they were registered to vote, and if not, discussing why it’s important. We also delivered forms for those that were not at home.

It’s important to register to vote, as it enables you to have a say; without registering you can’t vote and become invisible to politicians.

Politicians don’t make policies for those that don’t vote, so it’s important to make yourself heard.

Once you’re registered you can also have your say in local, general and European elections, to name a few.

Completed vote registration forms were posted by the SK22 team, to High Peak Electoral Registry Office, last Thursday.

Forms have now been processed and more people can now vote!

Time to register for the European elections has sadly now passed, but you can register at any time, ready for the next election.

I hope you vote in the European Elections on May 22.