Herefordshire Council encourages RNC students to make their vote count

Calum is in the student hub talking to Sam Tweedale from Electoral Services in front of the mock polling station – Barry Morris, Lead PSO (Pastoral Support Officer) and some other students can be seen in the background

As the deadline approaches for residents of the UK to register their vote in the general election, Sam Tweedale from Electoral Services at Herefordshire Council came to visit us at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) yesterday. He brought with him a mock polling station, ballot box and a tactile voting device.

 

With the help of our Lead PSO (Pastoral Support Officer), Barry Morris, Sam set up the mock polling station in the student hub at the heart of RNC campus. Barry was delighted to have someone from electoral services visit the College and said “In my 19 years working at RNC, this is the first time that the students genuinely seem interested in voting. It’s so important for young people to get involved in politics early on.”

 

Sam was on hand to guide students through the process, from what happens when they enter a polling booth to marking the ballot paper and placing in the ballot box. Sam explained “All polling centres must have a tactile voting device, it’s basically a tactile template featuring large print and braille which can be attached to the side of the ballot paper so once the details have been read out, someone with a visual impairment is able to mark the ballot paper themselves.”
“This is the first time we’ve set up a mock polling station at RNC”, explained Sam. “RNC is unique to Hereford in that there are so many eligible voters aged 18-25 with visual impairment and it’s amazing to see how knowledgeable they are about politics. I’m here to tell them that they have more options than just voting by post; they can go in to the polling station and enjoy the whole voting experience’”

 

View our Facebook gallery for pictures of the mock polling event

 

Watch the video below where our students tell you why voting is important to them;

 

If you’ve not registered to vote yet, make sure you do so by midnight on Monday 20 April. It only takes a few minutes to do this online (you can use the link below), all you have to do is enter a few personal details and make sure you have your national insurance number ready.

Register to vote now!

 

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC