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Two million millennials registered to vote in a month!
In the space of a month, NUS, students’ unions and youth organisations have been tirelessly registering students to vote in the General Election on Thursday 8 June.
After the snap election was announced, we reignited our #GenerationVote campaign.
We had just four weeks to make sure students were registered to vote. And it’s fair to say we smashed it! 🏌
Students' unions have been on fire; jumping into action on campuses by setting up voter registration stalls, giving out ice cream and lollipops to voters, holding speeches on the importance of registering, hosting events, organising door-knocking and leafleting – even this kitty was in on the campaigning game…
Over at NUS, we hit the the road, driving up voter registration in our VW camper van ‘Poppy’, and whipping up a voter reg frenzy with our ice-cream-for-voters-registration-van. We also used every online or offline channel we had - from organisting twitter debates with candidates in student towns to sending out over 230 #GenerationVote campaign packs to students' unions.
After voter registration closed, we took a look at the stats to see how all of our efforts have helped. Between 18 April and 22 May, 1,051,245 18-24-year-olds and 972,680 25-34-year-olds registered to vote.
That's a whopping two million millennials registered for #GE2017!
Whilst we can’t claim all of the credit for the figures, we have undoubtedly made a huge impact in urging young people to register to vote in the general election.
But it doesn't stop there. We need you to go out and vote on Thursday 8 June.
Let’s keep upping the ante and show how #GenerationVote are a real force to be reckoned with!