A new voting system for a new generation

The younger generation of East Sussex are now able to vote online when they go to elect their representatives on the county’s Youth Cabinet.

The new voting system for these more tech-savvy youngsters will be carried out via a unique code provided by their school, college or youth group.

Figures for the participating voters are expected to increase from the 9,000 votes in the last election two years ago due to this new process.

This year’s round of voting has already started, with 38 candidates aged 11 to 16 who are vying only for 20 cabinet seats

The next Youth Cabinet will have their work cut out to beat the current cabinet in terms of achievements, which were all quite ambitious in scope.

Their work includes development on a new ‘3i-D’ card, which functions as an identity card and offers discounts on bus travel, in shops and in leisure outlets.

Additionally, they have worked on anti-bullying campaigns, including a youth conference and workshops.

Most impressively, they delivered a presentation to the senior county council cabinet on how their spending proposals would impact on young people.

Cllr Sylvia Tidy, East Sussex County Council lead member for children and families, said: “The youth cabinet has been very successful in ensuring decision makers know what matters to young people.

“This year, there is a real varied mix of candidates of different ages and backgrounds, but the thing which they all have in common is they care passionately about making a difference to the communities they live in.

“We’d encourage as many people as possible to vote to ensure they receive the cabinet reflects their views and campaigns on the issues which affect their lives.”

Voting runs until Tuesday 3 December 2013, so there is plenty of time for potential voters to become familiar with the candidate’s policies.

Newly elected members will be congratulated at an event at the Winter Gardens, in Eastbourne, on Thursday 12 December 2013.

If you are eligible to vote, but you don’t currently attend a school or college, you can contact the county council’s equality and participation team to get a voting code.

Visit the Connexions 360 website for more details (including videos) on the enthusiastic people that wish to represent you and your views.

Candidates are standing in the following areas:

Bexhill and Hastings – 7 candidates (4 seats available)

Coastal – 3 candidates (2 seats available)

Eastbourne – 7 candidates (4 seats available)

Lewes – 4 candidates (2 seats available)

Upper Rother – 7 candidates (2 seats available)

Wealden – 8 candidates (4 seats available)

Special Education Needs schools – 2 candidates (2 seats available)

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