WITH Election Day looming, digital technologies are being used to increase the number of young voters and aid their understanding of the UK’s political process. However, some parliamentary candidates and young people of Greater Manchester would prefer a face to face conversation.

Only 44 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the last General Election in 2010.

In response to these figures, compiled by Ipsos MORI, media outlets and politicians are using digital media in an attempt to attract the young vote on May 7.

While technology may have taken over many aspects of our lives, whether traditional politics can combine with modern innovations is still subject to debate.

Quays News reporter Carlie Foster, speaks to parliamentary candidates of Greater Manchester and members of the Manchester Youth Council, to see if digital platforms get their vote.

Neil Benson, director of Wide Angle Software, has developed a mobile app called Vote UK, to engage young people and those who have “lost faith” in politics.

At any one time, the app has around two thousand active users and allows them to make an indicative vote, the closest method the UK currently has to online voting.

Listen to Neil Benson who speaks about the features and benefits of Vote UK:

By Carlie Foster
@carliefosterrx

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