Bite the Ballot!!
It’s that time again where the government hold both local and European elections. These elections will be held on Friday 23rd May 2014.
It is very important for people of all ages to vote but there is a lack of young people between the ages of 18-25 years voting in elections.
From experience of doing voting education talks with young people it seems that politics doesn’t interest them or they feel they wouldn’t be heard by local councillors. This is untrue. Young people have lots of valid concerns and ideas which need to be heard by our government.
By voting in the up and coming local and European elections you will have a say in who you would like to represent your local area. This person could be someone who has a particular interest in Disability issues which is an important issue to us all.
Your local councillors can represent you in getting things done in your local area i.e. fixing broken footpaths or assisting you in getting on the council’s housing list if you wish to do so.
Members of European Parliament (MEP’s) represent Ireland on a European level and discuss issues that affect Ireland and Europe.
Polling stations around the country will be open from 7am -10pm on the day. Voting registration forms can be got from your local Garda Station (Gardaí will also advise you on accessible polling stations), these registration forms need to be completed by 1st May so you need to hurry if you want to have a vote in next month’s election!!
These sites http://www.rockthevote.org/ and http://pledge2reg.ie/ will give you more information on how to vote, the registration process and the opinions of other young people why voting is important to them. These sites are very interesting and well worth a look if would like to know more.
So come on everyone get out and vote on May 23rd and make your voices heard.