In the run up to the EU Referendum on 23 June young people in Poole have the opportunity to express their views on whether we should leave or remain in Europe.
An online vote has been organised by the borough’s Children, Young People and Learning unit alongside local Headteachers.
Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: “It is really important that people engage with democracy from a young age and projects like this are a great way for them to express their views and have their say. I’m keen to see the outcome of their referendum and look forward to hearing their reasons for voting to either remain or leave in the EU.”
The vote will run between the 6 – 16 June and almost 6,000 young people aged between 10 and 18 years old will be given a unique voting code through their school or youth centre to take part.
John White, Headteacher, The Quay School, said: “We are delighted that all the secondary schools in Poole have chosen to take part in this initiative. It is important to engage young people in democratic processes from a young age to ensure they are fully informed and able to exercise their right to vote. By educating young people now, we are enabling them to play their part in shaping the future of their country; not only for themselves, but for future generations.”
Results will be announced by Paul Morris on 17 June. Paul is the Regional Counting Officer for the South West and Gibraltar and will be responsible for announcing the official EU Referendum result following the vote on 23 June.
Paul Morris, Regional Counting Officer for the South West and Gibraltar, Borough of Poole, said: “I’m pleased to be part of this event which gives Poole’s young people the opportunity to be a part of this historic event. This is a great initiative and I’m sure the arguments put forward by both sides will be very interesting to hear and lead to some heated debates throughout the voting period.”
Any young person wishing to take part in the vote who does not have their unique code can email their name, post code, age and school to firstname.lastname@example.org who will then send them a code to take part.