MP for North East Hertfordshire, Sir Oliver Heald, is calling for awareness amongst young people of the EU Referendum date, because over half of university students in the East of England do not know when the referendum is taking place, according to a new poll.
The poll, conducted by YouthSight for Universities UK, reveals also that, while a high proportion of students from across the UK are interested in the outcome, many risk not being able to vote because they are not registered at the address where they will be on 23rd June, the date of the referendum. The number could be as high as a quarter of the two million students eligible to vote.
In addition, 73% of students in the East of England were not able to name the date of the referendum, but the same proportion thought that the outcome of the referendum will have a significant impact on students’ futures.
Commenting, Sir Oliver said, “June the 23rd is the date when we will cast one of the most important ballots of our lives. It is vital that young people have their voices heard, and I urge everyone to register to vote at the correct address by June 7th at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”