Kent Youth County Council elections
The 2019/20 election will be held between 11 and 24 November 2019. Registration to stand as a candidate or to register your school or youth organisation as a polling station will open and available online in July 2019.
Stand as a candidate
Once elected, deputy members will stand for 1 year whilst elected members will stand for 2 years.
If you would like to stand as a candidate for this year our registration forms will be available from 15 July 2019.
There are 2 registration forms available depending on who you wish to represent:
- district candidate registration form - to represent your local district
- community candidate registration form - to represent community groups such as LGBTQ+, ethnic minorities, young carers, Gypsy, Roma, Traveller young people and home educated children.
All secondary schools and youth organisations working with 11 – 19 years olds can register as a polling station for the elections. You will be able to register online soon.
Polling stations can decide how they want to carry out the elections and we will provide information and case studies on what has worked well before. Polling stations can register to carry out the election online or via a paper ballot. We will deliver all election materials including manifesto posters and ballot papers the week before the election and then collect completed ballots from you on Monday 25 November 2019, when the elections have finished.
If you are a school and wish to register as a polling station, please complete our online school registration form.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are 11 to 18 years old and live, work or are studying in Kent you can vote for your KYCC candidate.
KYCC campaign on 3 issues per year as decided during the KYCC elections.
From within KYCC we elect 7 young people to represent Kent nationally at UK Youth Parliament. Members of Youth Parliament attend national meetings to develop their campaigns across the UK and have an annual debate in the House of Commons.
Learn more about your KYCC candidates and read their manifestos.
- Bullying – more support should be provided to tackle bullying behaviour and improve education for young people on internet safety
- A curriculum to prepare us for Life - schools should teach more life skills in Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) including finance, budgeting, first aid, politics and relationships and sex education
- Environmental Awareness – more needs to be done to reduce plastic use & litter. We need to increase recycling and improve how our communities look we need to improve our environment
- Equality for all young people – education in schools to tackle racism & other forms of discrimination, including LGBTQ+, celebrate diversity and improve accessibility for disabled young people
- Improve public transport - make public transport safer, improve behaviour on buses and the service young people receive and make public transport more affordable
- Make schools a fairer place to be – look at schools' rules to be fair for everyone, improve support for students around exam stress and manage their workload
- Make Kent a safe place for young people – provide more safe places for young people to go, for example, youth clubs, parks and sports facilities, tackle crimes against young people and do more to prevent young people getting involved in crime
- Mental health services should be improved - we should all learn about mental health at school, and learn how to maintain good health and well-being and a positive body image. We should also improve access to services for young people
- Votes at 16 – work to campaign and bring down the voting age to 16 years old.
Registrations for new candidates to stand will open from July and will close on 15 October 2019.
Elections for the candidates will take place between 11 and 24 November 2019.