7 reasons you should register to vote in the EU referendum (right now)

Jacob Furedi
Tuesday 31 May 2016 17:00

With the deadline to register for the EU referendum just a week away, efforts to urge young voters to sign up are gaining momentum.

Despite impassioned discussions taking place on university campuses across the UK, a significant proportion of young voters are still not eligible to vote.

As the following statistics reveal, it’s time for a number of you to follow this link and register to vote. Go on. It only takes three minutes (and all you need is your National Insurance number).

1. Of the 7.5 million people believed to be missing from the electoral register, up to 4 million of them are young people

Source: Guardian

2. This means that 16-24 year olds are the largest group missing from the electoral register - and it's easy for politicians to ignore their needs

Source: Bite the Ballot

3. One in four young people have never registered to vote

Source: Electoral Commission

4. One in five students are missing from the electoral register.

Source: Electoral Commission

5. And only 44 per cent of 18-24 year olds say they are certain to vote - compared to 58 per cent of the population overall

Source: Electoral Reform

6. Being on the electoral register can improve your credit rating

Source: Experian

7. In the 2015 general election, 40 per cent of young people did not vote

Source: Independent

Quiz: Can we guess whether you're voting Leave or Remain in the EU referendum?