On Tuesday 5th April, the Votes at 16 coalition have unveiled their new look website and campaign branding.

A fully interactive campaigning platform, the new site will support those calling for votes at 16 and allow their powerful stories to be told.

The campaign is calling for all supporters to sign up today to the new site to show that the UK is ready for votes at 16.

 

Key features of the new site include:

• a fully interactive supporter map showing the locations of supporters, including young people, MPs and Organisations all over the UK

• a campaigning portal packed with ways to back the campaign – whether by doing something quick such as emailing your MP, something local such as running workshops in school, or something big such as setting up your own local campaign.

 

Lowering the voting age to 16 has been described as the ‘new frontier of the suffrage movement’ and often the same arguments not to extend the vote to young people are the same as those used against women having the vote. In a respectful nod to the Suffragettes, the new campaign branding mirrors the colours used in the suffragettes campaign: purple symbolised dignity, white- purity and green – hope.

The Votes at 16 coalition has grown to include over fifty youth and democracy organisations, steered by the British Youth Council, The Co-operative, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, the National Union of Students and Scottish Youth Parliament.

The new website has been funded by The Co-operative, as part of its commitment to votes at 16 and Inspiring Youth People programme, and developed by web agency RAPP Edinburgh.