The Isle of Man led the way on giving the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds in 2006 and many – around 900 in secondary schools alone – are getting ready to vote this September.
The Isle of Man is a neighbouring island to the UK in the Irish Sea and a self-governing British Crown Dependency. This means that, although it is not part of the UK and has its own Parliament and Government, the Queen is its Head of State and the UK is responsible for the island’s defence and for representing the island in international forums.
The Isle of Man Government have been promoting a video to encourage young people to exercise their right to vote in the House of Keys general election on 29th September. ‘What’s the Point?’ was made in a single day by media students at the Isle of Man College and will be shown on electronic noticeboards at the five secondary schools and at the College in the weeks leading up to the poll.
The video starts by asking the questions ‘why should I care?’ and ‘can I actually make a difference?’ before prompts about suffragettes and apartheid remind young people of the sacrifices made by others to ensure democracy.
You can watch the video here.
The deadline to register to vote is 8th September.