On Monday 17 November, Treviglas hosted the first school launch event of “National Voter Registration Day” with Bite the Ballot. Andrew Wallis from Cornwall Council, Cabinet member for schools joined students and staff to discuss politics and young peoples’ views of what should be done. Year 13 student Ben Pamplin said “I really enjoyed learning about politics. I feel it so important that young people have their voices heard.”
We are also organising a mock student election in 2015 and a “Question Time” for all Parliamentary candidates standing in St Austell and Newquay. We are working closely with local councillors to ensure young people’s views are included in the neighbourhood plan and the College Council regularly discusses student views to ensure that voices are properly heard.
Bite the Ballot’s ultimate goal between now and the election of next year is to ensure that as many young people are registered to vote and feel empowered to make their voices heard – aiming to create a more inclusive democracy.