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Sheffield MP calls for polling booths in colleges

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Polling booths should be placed in colleges and universities in Sheffield, an MP has urged.

Paul Blomfield, who represents the city’s Central ward, called for the move to encourage more young people to vote.

The Sheffield MP pressed ministers to support his argument at the House of Commons.

He said: “Ministers will recognise the challenge of engaging young people in the electoral process. What consideration has been given to having polling stations in colleges and universities to encourage 18-year-olds to vote?”

Cabinet Office Minister Greg Clark has promised to consider the issue further. He said: “If you vote when you are 18 you are much more likely to stick with the habit of voting throughout your life. Ministers and councils should be looking at every option to maximise the number of 18-year-olds voting. This would be one way of encouraging democratic engagement.”

 

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