Throughout September and the beginning of October, hundreds of Bexhill College students, aged 16 to 18, took part in Make Your Mark. Make Your Mark is a nationwide vote run by the UK Youth Parliament, which helps decide the topics that the Youth Parliament debate in the House of Commons the following year.
Ten topics were available to choose from on the ballot papers, which included the right to vote from the age of 16, protecting the environment, and putting an end to knife crime. The top two UK wide topics and the top three devolved topics would then be discussed by Members of Youth Parliament (MYP's) at their November debate in the House of Commons, subject to approval in the new Parliament. All voters also had a space on the ballot paper to write down one local issue most important to them, which is then forwarded onto East Sussex County Council.
Bexhill College students thought that the vote was a great opportunity to voice their opinions. One student enjoyed being part of the election as they believe it will help the Youth Parliament to decide which topics to debate in the House of Commons. Another student said it was useful as it helped them gain an understanding of the voting process for when they turn eighteen years old, and are able to vote in local and national elections.
More information on the results of the vote will be available via http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/ on Friday 25th October at 3:30pm.
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