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Young voters told - no vote, no voice

07 April 2010

Bought a new pair of trainers recently?  Going out tonight? The Government decides how much VAT you have to pay on clothing and at what age you can go into a pub and buy a drink - voting is your chance to choose who makes these decisions.

Young voters in Selby are being urged to have their say in the forthcoming General Election, which will be held on Thursday 6 May. It will be the first chance for many young people to vote.

These young lifeguards at Abbey Leisure Centre will be among those making their votes count in this election. Eighteen year old James Beaston (seated in photograph) said, "I think people should use their vote as it is a way of voicing their opinions and getting involved in the democratic process.

"If you don't vote, you just end up with everyone else's choices. People think young people don't care about the issues but that just isn't true. There are a lot of issues that concern young people and we have to make sure that our voices are heard."

The Electoral Services team at Selby District Council looks after the administration and preparation of elections in the district on behalf of the Returning Officer and they are urging young voters to make sure they are on the electoral roll.

Electoral Services Officer Richard Besley explained, "Every year we send out a form to every single household to collect details of all those who could vote in an election, as well as details of people who are 17 years old so their names can be added as soon as they turn 18. All it takes is a quick phone call or email to check we have the right details registered. If we don't have the right details then you won't get sent the correct polling card and you could lose your right to have your say."

You can contact Selby District Council's Electoral Services team on (01757) 292006 or by email: electoral@selby.gov.uk. If the right details are not registered, you will not be able to vote.

The boundaries for the Selby area seat have changed for this election, as part of a wider review of constituencies. The new Selby and Ainsty constituency incorporates new areas of the Harrogate borough and loses the southern fringes of York to the new Outer York constituency.

Click here for full details about election services.

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