8th June 2016

In or Out? Students vote in mock EU Referendum


They may be too young to vote but St Aldhelm’s students are still having their say on whether Britain should remain in the EU.

St Aldhelm’s pupils, along with those from other Poole schools, are taking part in an online vote organised by the Borough of Poole’s Children, Young People and Learning unit and local headteachers.

The vote will run between June 6 and 16 and almost 6,000 young people aged between 10 and 18 years old will be given a unique voting code to take part.

The result of the young people’s votes will be counted and announced before the rest of the nation goes to the polls in the official referendum on June 23.

The initiative was officially launched at St Aldhelms on Tuesday, June 7 and Year 10 students were the first to cast their vote.

George Pearce, 15, said: “I would be voting to leave. I’ve done my research, I’ve found our trading has decreased within the EU and it is costing us more than we are getting back.”

But Kian Love, 15, said: “I say we should stay in. The countries in the EU have made a bond, we shouldn’t leave and be on our own.”

Principal Sian Thomas said: “While the students’ vote doesn’t officially count, it really is great that the Borough of Poole has taken this on and that young people can have a sense of what is going on. It is important for them to feel part of this.”

Paul Morris, Regional Counting Officer for the South West and Gibraltar, Borough of Poole, said: “I’m pleased to be part of this event which gives Poole’s young people the opportunity to be a part of this historic event. This is a great initiative and I’m sure the arguments put forward by both sides will be very interesting to hear and lead to some heated debates throughout the voting period.” EU Ref 2WP_20160607_10_24_43_Pro


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