Youth encouraged to Rock Enrol

By Staff Writers

As bands at summer music festivals crank it up to 11, young people in the audience will be encouraged to have their voice heard by enrolling to vote.

The Australian Electoral Commision (AEC) and triple j have joined forces on ‘Rock Enrol’, promoting electoral enrolment by 17 and 18 year olds at the Big Day Out concert series this month.

At each event, Rock Enrol teams will explain the steps to electoral enrolment, the AEC will email simple ‘how to’ guides and links to individuals providing details to the roving teams and Rock Enrol wristbands will be distributed to patrons aged 18.

Australian bands will endorse electoral enrolment at each Big Day Out and some have provided video messages of support for the initiative’s website.

It is expected the campaign will reach an audience of more than 180,000 young people Australia-wide, with many first time voters at this year’s federal election.

“Currently around one in two 18 year olds are on the electoral roll and Rock Enrol is all about doing something to help get everybody enrolled and ready to vote,” says the AEC’s Phil Diak.

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