To mark National Voter Registration Day today the Lancaster Guardian asked students if they will be voting in this year’s General Elections.
One student approached by the Lancaster Guardian said they did not know who the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, was while others were far more knowledgeable.
Jack Ashton, 21, who lives in Lancaster, said: “I’m not registered to vote and I wasn’t aware I needed to. I am interested in politics but I don’t want to vote at all.
“All the parties are the same and I don’t think their policies are relevant to me.”
Owen Forde, 20, who lives in Lancaster, said: “I haven’t voted before, usually I go with what my mum supports, which is usually Labour.
“I think maybe the new generation really needs to get involved, it is not about the old generation anymore it is about us.”
Greg O’Farrell, 22, who is studying politics and international relations, said: “I wasn’t aware it was tomorrow, I probably would vote Green but due to tactical voting and the way the system works I will be voting Labour.
“The Greens realistically are not going to get many seats. I don’t think people are fully aware of the system, if everyone votes for a minority then maybe things would change but probably not. They need to give people a reason to vote.”
Kirsten Smith, 28, is doing a PHD in history but also works full time, said: “I’ve always voted, I have been registered to vote here for the last five to six years so since I turned 18. I’m in two minds this year, I live in a Green ward area and I’m very happy with my Green candidate. I definitely won’t be voting Liberal Democrats, I feel betrayed by them.”
National Voter Registration Day is a single day of action to celebrate the importance of registering to vote as many don’t know anything about it.
Bite the Ballot created the day and last year registered 50,000 people.
This year they aim to make a bigger impact by registering 250,000 people onto the electoral roll in one day .
In three months’ time the nation will decide who will be the next Prime Minister in the General Election on May 7.
Voters will also go to the polls locally to elect two Members of Parliament: one for the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency and one for the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency.