Government praise for council project
A COUNCIL campaign to encourage young people to register to vote has been praised by the Government.
Ashford’s 16+ and Ready to Vote campaign last year urged 16- and 17-year-olds to register before their 18th birthday to ensure they do not miss out on the right to vote.
It resulted in an 18 per cent increase of teenagers registering to vote.
The success of the campaign, was flagged up by Bridget Prentice MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
In a speech to the Association of Electoral Administra- tors in Brighton, she said: “The campaign involved the production of a series of posters and postcards that were distributed among schools, youth clubs and other community venues such as doctors and dentist surgeries.
“The local authority is already making plans to repeat the campaign.”
Ashford Borough Council’s democratic services manager Trevor Robertson said: “The reference to our campaign came out of the blue. It is great to get national recognition for our work and to be held up as an example of how imaginative thinking can increase participation in the democratic process.”