Over two-thirds of young people disagree with voting boycott

Some 69% of 16 to 25-year-olds dismissed Russell Brand's vote of no confidence in modern politics and said abstaining from the ballot box was not the right way to make politicians take them seriously, according to a poll.

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Education is 'the key' to get young people to vote

Education is "the key" to encouraging young people to vote and helping end the general disenfranchisement plaguing 16 to 25-year-olds, Jermain Jackman told Daybreak.

19-year-old Jermain, a contestant on the Voice, said young people would be "inspired" to vote if they were "informed of what their rights and responsibilities are" and learned how people had died for the right.

Dubbed "the singing politician" on the Voice, Labour Party Youth Coordinator Jermain also David Cameron a run for his money by encouraging people to vote for him.

2015 general election will be about 'Britain's youth'

The next general election will be about capturing "the hearts and minds of Britain's youth", according to voting campaigners.

Jermain Jackman, a star of TV talent show The Voice, was speaking on behalf of the Swing the Vote campaign after it emerged 69% of young people did not believe in a voting boycott.

He said:

This is the moment for politicians to stand up and notice young people.

We have the capability to play a massive part at the next general election in 2015.

If the election in 2010 was all about the mums' vote, 2015 will be all about Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and Farage trying to win the hearts and minds of Britain's youth if they want to be walking into Number 10.

– Jermain Jackman

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'3/4 of young people' feel unrepresented by politics

Some 78% of 16 to 25-year-olds do not feel modern politics represents the needs of their generation, a survey has revealed.

69% agreed voter registration should occur in the last year of secondary school Credit: PA

The poll, carried out by charity vInspired, also showed how online and mobile phone technology could be used to lure younger people to the ballot box.

At least 73% of younger voters quizzed wanted to access the ballot box via text message or online voting.

It also identified the key battlegrounds for the youth vote as immigration (40%), the cost of living (29%) and stopping increases to student fees (18%).

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