A BROMSGROVE teenager has started a Facebook page in a bid to get more young people to vote in the general and local elections.
Megan Whitworth, who is 18 and will herself be voting for the first time, said she wanted to get across to residents, especially young people, how important it was to have their say on who will be governing the country and their local council.
She has had support by Worcester MP Robin Walker, who she did work experience with last month, and the Ryland Centre.
“I would just like to raise awareness of how important it is to vote no matter what age you are because every vote counts and could make a difference.
“With the change in how people register to vote many people will not be registered and not think about registering so I wanted to make people aware of what they have to do.
“The idea for the page came after a debate on Facebook over the importance of voting, but that isn’t the only reason.
“I also felt it was important to make people aware of the issue especially people who might not know much about it.”
Mr Walker has recently signed up to the #YouthFriendlyMP campaign – a driveby Youth Employment UK (YEUK) for Members of Parliament to champion young people, youth employment and apprenticeships in their areas.
He said: “A lot of politicians say more young people should vote, but the young people need to take that on and it’s great that Megan has done this.
“It’s great to have a page like this for the young people of Worcestershire,” he added.
To find Megan’s page, enter ‘Every Vote Counts.’ into the search box on Facebook.
She is also considering starting a website.