The British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament are delighted to announce a record turnout in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, which saw over 865,000 votes cast by 11-18 year olds across the country. Many thanks to KEVI students who voted!
The figure marks an 81% increase on the 478,000 votes cast in the ballot in 2013, and cements Make Your Mark’s position as the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK. None of which would have been possible without the support of schools and teachers across the country, a huge thank you!
The Make Your Mark ballot gives young people a say on what is discussed by their Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in their annual House of Commons debate, held this year on 14th November.
The Youth Parliament will use its House of Commons debate to choose its priority campaigns for the year ahead from the five topics that topped the ballot.
BYC Chair Mita Desai said: “Young people are passionate leaders of innovative thinking and change. To anyone who would dare say young people are apathetic, I challenge them to think about how over 865,000 young individuals casted a vote on what they believe the British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament should campaign on – an increase from last year`s turnout of over 478,000. The question is, why such a phenomenal increase? Young people have asked the British Youth Council to campaign on votes at 16 since 1998. In 2014 16 and 17 in Scotland were enfranchised for the independence referendum, and lowering the voting age to 16 is now a policy of Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties. The more politicians have demonstrated a willingness to listen to us, the more young people have faith that politicians are actually listening. Thank you everyone involved with making #MakeYourMark a success in increasing democracy and allowing over three quarters of a million voices to be heard. This amazing success shows how youth led empowerment works.”