Democracy in Action
What is it?
Democracy in Action is a civics engagement project. It is giving young people the opportunity to gain tangible skills with things like voting so they can affect change and be engaged citizens involved in the issues and decisions that impact their lives. The first major event of the project is a mock election to coincide with the South Australian state election on Saturday March 17th 2018; think, voting booths, ballot boxes and of course a sausage-sizzle in the Institute Building on North Terrace. This is a unique opportunity for young people to come together in a practical way to learn about something that they care deeply about.
The project came from one of the major findings from Commissioner Helen Connolly’s 2017 Listening Tour. During the tour Helen consistently heard from South Australia’s young people that they want more opportunities in civics engagement. To address this we have brought together a number of stakeholders including the Centre of Democracy and the Electoral Commission SA. The projects aims to pre-enrol 16 and 17 year olds to be able to vote once they turn and 18 and to promote the idea that 16 and 17 year olds should be able to voluntarily vote in local, state and national elections to have a say in the policies and decisions that affect their lives.
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