Why #votingmatters – Twitter chat 2 – Thank you!

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  # V O T I N G M A T T E R S    –     T W I T T E R   C H A T   2

T H A N K   Y O U !


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The questions ballot proved popular and was introduced thanks to a suggestion by @MevyAhmad.
We included the two with the most votes: 2 (32%) & 1 (26%).


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#Votingmatters is a new campaign from #Emilymatters. which champions gender equality and encourages young women to vote, ensuring that legacies of women, such as suffragette Emily Davison, are not forgotten.


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The second Why #votingmatters  Twitter chat took place on Wednesday 10 December 2014, with Ayath Ullah co-hosting. Ayath has been incredibly supportive of the campaign and his direct involvement in the running of these Twitter chats has been invaluable.


We are not often given the opportunity to express our views on topics like this, particularly on social media as people often fear backlash on their views … it is easy to be demoralised by progress when you’re surrounded be people belittling your capabilities whether that be due to age and/or gender.
– Robyn Dooley, MYP for Knowsley


The next chat will take place @Emilymatters on Sunday 18 January 2015 (6.30-7PM GMT).


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The questions ballot proved popular so we’d love to hear from you.

Send us your #votingmatters questions and suggestions @Emilymatters or via email, as Mehvash, Robyn, Yasmin & Chloe did.

And if you haven’t yet registered to vote, you can do so online now in under 5 minutes.

Not sure if you’re already registered or if you have any other questions about it:  Contact your local Electoral Services Office.


Here’s an overview of our second Why #votingmatters chat:


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Why #votingmatters Twitter chat 2 extract – Question 1
(Winner of the questions ballot)
For the full conversation see our storify.


These chats are a platform for positive ideas and different perspectives on the democratic process from seasoned voters, first time voters and anyone who has felt that politics isn’t for them.

The question that Mehvash Amna Ahmad (UK Youth Voice’s East Rep) sent in was runner up and so was also included in the chat:


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Runner up in the questions ballot. Sent in by @MevyAhmad.

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The last question was sent in by Robyn Dooley, a member of the UK Youth Parliament: 


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Question from @robynmyp.

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The storifys of our second Why #votingmatters chat will be available shortly.


Why #votingmatters Twitter chat – 10 December 2014

Q1 – In the UK, 78% of MPs are men. How can we persuade more women to go into politics?

Q2 – In the expanding digital age, should we have online voting for general elections & referendums?

Q3 – 16-24 yr olds are the most proactive generation, in terms of social change + creating positive impact, yet still portrayed as the laziest. Why?


To see the previous Why #votingmatters chat, go to our Storify page.



We’ll be sharing details of our next #votingmatters Twitter chat on Sunday 18 January (6.30-7pm GMT) via social media so make sure you follow/Like for updates. 



#votingmatters globally, the launch of the campaign in time for Emily Davison’s birthday, included tweets, photos and #DearLauren messages to a first time voter from the around the world.

It’s interesting to find out what is/isn’t working in the UK as well as further afield. Together we can make a positive difference, just like the suffragettes, whose creativity and solidarity saw them through the worst of times and brought about change for good.

We will continue to ensure that young people are at the heart of these chats, so if you’re an activist, a teacher or someone with a question for upcoming #votingmatters chats please contact us, via Twitter or email.


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These Twitter chats draw on the success of the #Emilymatters House of Commons event in February 2014, which used social media to reach a wider audience.

Thanks to everyone who has got involved with our Why #votingmatters Twitter chats.

Made by YOU!


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The next chat will take place @Emilymatters on Sunday 18 January 2015 (6.30-7PM GMT).


Kate Willoughby
Actor & Writer of Emily Wilding Davison play To Freedom’s Cause



Emily Davison’s legacy is for life, not just for 2013.

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