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Parliament UK - How the general election works in nearly 60 seconds. Video about why young voters should vote! A video guide to elections and voting. Parliament UK- What is a general election? A general election is an opportunity for people in every part of the UK to choose their MP - the person who will represent their local area (constituency) in the House of Commons for up to five years.

Parliament UK- What is a general election?

There is normally a choice of several candidates in each constituency, some of which are the local candidates for national political parties. For students voting for the first time... For students voting for the first time... Video- How many people are registering to vote? Media playback is unsupported on your device Almost 350,000 people have registered to vote since Tuesday's surprise announcement that there would be a general election on 8 June.

Video- How many people are registering to vote?

The highest number of registrations was on the day itself, with 147,000 people registering online after Theresa May fired the election starting gun, along with 3,364 paper forms being submitted. This was the biggest total recorded for a single day since the EU referendum campaign in 2016. And the number of young people registering is the highest of any age group.

General election: What you need to know Although numbers have begun to drop off, there are still significant numbers of voters making sure they can have their say at the ballot box. On Wednesday, 83,000 registered, both online and on paper, with a further 62,400 on Thursday and 52,700 on Friday. Image copyright There had already been a steady stream of voters signing up ahead of the local elections being held on 4 May. 'Have your say' VIDEO- How non-voters can change the outcome of an election. Media playback is unsupported on your device Non-voters would play a pivotal role in the general election if they were to use their vote, analysis suggests.

VIDEO- How non-voters can change the outcome of an election

The number of non-voters exceeded the number of votes cast for the winning party in more than half of UK constituencies in 2015. The West Midlands dominates the top end of English constituencies where non-voters most outnumbered winning parties. Northern Ireland had the most untapped potential from non-voters in the UK. The Electoral Reform Society said many people feel their vote does not count. The BBC England Data Unit analysed the 2015 general election and found: Three seats in Stoke-on-Trent, two in Birmingham, West Bromwich West and Walsall North all returned Labour MPs, yet between 13,000 and 17,000 more people failed to cast a valid vote than voted for the winner.

In some cases, the winning majority was small. In the UK overall, Northern Ireland contained constituencies where the untapped potential of non-voters was even higher. Hold a debate about reducing the voting age to 16. Lowering the voting age to 16:Introduction It's September 2013, and Labour Party leader Ed Milliband has pledged to lower the voting age to 16 in England and Wales if he wins the next election.

Hold a debate about reducing the voting age to 16

Here, we give teachers a little support for debating the topic in class with students. Do young people of this age know enough about politics yet? And if they could vote, can they be trusted to do it sensibly? As most 18-24 year-olds do not use their vote, is 16 is too young? RepresentationYoung people are tax-payers and are old enough to take on a range of adult roles, such as marriage, parenting and full-time employment, So, are they not old enough to vote? Students could research their local MP. 2017 Election Quiz. MP for a week - games and quizzes. Parliament UK - Election Toolkit. Description Run a mock election with the Election Toolkit, a fun and flexible resource to enable teachers and students to get their own election up off the ground.

Parliament UK - Election Toolkit

The kit includes everything you will need to get started including a ballot box, polling station poster, party rosettes, electoral registers and poll cards and a handy instructional poster and PowerPoint to keep you on track. This resource is suitable for secondary, 6th form students and colleges and priority will be given to those requests in the first instance (subject to availability). The kit will be available to download here shortly and primary school teachers who wish to use this resource are welcome to access these files. Practical information To order an election toolkit for delivery please email your full establishment name, address and postcode to One kit is available per school and can be used multiple times.

If you have you a query about your order, please call Edcoms on 0871 472 3016. Parliament UK teaching resources and lesson plans. Latest polls and odds (maths!) Sec-Ed - Teaching the General Election. After five years of coalition government, the forthcoming General Election on May 7 looks set to be a particularly fierce battle.

Sec-Ed - Teaching the General Election

Emma Lee-Potter looks at how schools might tackle the subject in class. With two months to go until polling day, schools are keen to get pupils interested in the General Election. Amid widespread concern about voter apathy among young people, there is no doubt that engaging the next generation in politics and democracy is important. After all, young people may be able to vote at the age of 16 in the future. Ed Miliband has promised to lower the voting age to 16 if Labour is elected on May 7, while David Cameron, who believes the voting age should remain at 18, has said he would be open to allowing MPs to vote on the issue. Most secondary pupils learn about elections and voting as part of the national curriculum for citizenship (which is statutory at key stages 3 and 4). One of the Education Service’s most popular workshops focuses on elections and voting.

Teaching Citizenship (General Election 2015)