Thorpe Park has offered a discount to young people who have registered to vote in the UK election on June 8th.
Until May 25, 18 to 24 year olds who can provide proof of registration will be eligible for a £20 ticket to the theme park. Tickets usually cost £52.50.
Over 18’s can register to vote up to midday on May 22.
In a statement, Dominic Jones, divisional director at Thorpe Park, said, “This is one of the most significant general elections of our generation and we want to encourage more young people to register their chance to vote. We often hear young people are disengaged from politics, but a large number of our guests have shown an interest in politics, world events and social issues. However there are still a large number abstaining from voting in political elections. Young people are just as concerned about the financial future as any other person.
“Over two thousand 18-24 year olds pass through our gates every week, so we wanted to do something to encourage the younger generation to hit the polling stations on June 8th.”
Young people in the UK are much less likely to vote than older generations. An Ipsos Mori study revealed that 57 per cent of people aged under 25 did not vote in the 2015 general election, compared to just 10 per cent of those aged 65 and above.
Similarly the London School of Economics found that 36 per cent of 18-24 year olds did not vote in the EU referendum in comparison to only 22 per cent of over 65s.
The discounted ticket is part of a wider Your Voice Counts campaign (#YVC) by Thorpe Park, which also includes compiling visitor’s videos that will be sent to the political party leaders.
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