Campaign promotes youth voting

A campaign to encourage more young people in the Canterbury district to vote in the elections on Thursday 7 May has been launched.

The city council’s communications team has been working with politics pupils from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School and St Anselm’s School over the last few months to develop ideas and artwork for a campaign aimed specifically at people of their own age.

Posters, leaflets, banners and beer mats on the theme of ‘your vote matters’ have all been created and distributed to locations across the district, including schools, universities, colleges, libraries, leisure centres and pubs and clubs.

The aim is to raise the profile of the elections locally among young people and to increase turnout at the ballot box.

The council has also produced an in-house video for first time voters to show what happens in a polling station and how a vote should be cast correctly.

Head of Communications, Celia Glynn-Williams, said: “The pupils from both schools have worked very hard on the concepts and designs and we’re very pleased with the end result. It’s been a fun project to be involved in. The eye-catching posters and other materials have been widely distributed locally and the video is well worth a watch too.”

People in the Canterbury district will vote in the general, city council and – in some areas – parish council elections on Thursday 7 May.

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