Updated: Friday, May 29th 2020
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Sheffield College students have had the chance to go through a dry run of a landmark vote that will affect the country’s electorate this summer.
The Sheffield College Students’ Union held a mock European Union referendum at the College’s four main campuses from April 11th to 14th.
Students had the chance to cast an ‘in’ or ‘out’ vote marked on ping pong balls that were then put in to glass bowls and counted when the voting closed.
A referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single political question, that has been referred to them for a direct decision.
Overall, 365 students took part at City, Hillsborough, Olive Grove and Peaks campuses with 69% voting for the country to stay in Europe and 31% deciding against.
James Bangert, President, Sheffield College Students’ Union, said: “Our mock referendum was both a serious and fun way of raising awareness on a historic decision that will have far reaching consequences for all citizens, especially young people.”
He added: “The mock referendum allowed those students who will not be eligible to vote in the real one to have their say. It also gave students who are old enough to vote time to have a practise run and think about the impact of their decision on June 23rd.”
Student Michael Maloney, 18, who is studying childcare at The Sheffield College City campus on Granville Road, said: “I am leaning towards us coming out of the EU. It could be a change for the better.”
Student Richard Tomlinson, 19, who is studying on a foundation course at The Sheffield College Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street, added: “I have changed my mind in the last few weeks. I used to think that we were better off leaving the EU but my view now is that we should probably stay in.”
The Sheffield College Students’ Union is an independent body that works in partnership with the College to provide the best quality education and experience for students. The Union represents Sheffield College students locally and nationally.
Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, added: “Encouraging all our students to get involved in democracy and consider important political questions is part of life at College. Prospective applicants can expect lots of interesting activities like this when they choose to study with us.”
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