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The Big Vote Election 2015
    • The Big Vote Election 2015

    • After months of hard work, 14,258 votes were cast and counted in this year’s Big Vote Election.  We are thrilled to announce the newly elected East Sussex Youth Cabinet for 2015 are:


      Votes were collected from 35 schools and colleges and 21 of these achieved Silver and Gold Democracy Awards for high voter turnout. Eastbourne had the highest turnout of all areas, with 3,521 votes cast of the 5,006 electorate. This gives them a 71% voter turnout overall, amazing news!

      Over 39 candidates stood for 20 seats. Unfortunately, not everyone was elected but we look forward to working with our non-elected candidates as they take up other opportunities to make their voices heard across the county.

      Students voted for their preferred candidate and two issues they felt most strongly about from a list of 10. The top issue was ‘Tackling and preventing bullying and abuse, in all its forms’, with a massive 4219 votes.

      We will now spend time creating and implementing campaigns to combat bullying and abuse in schools and throughout wider society. We will also work on other youth issues, whether that’s improving public transport, advancing gender equality or something completely different!

      Do you have ideas for the Cabinet’s campaign? Or any other issues you feel young people need to focus on? E-mail today!

      The Count

      Staff and students counted over 14,000 paper ballots collected from 35 schools and colleges. Students from Ringmer Community College visited County Hall to assist with counting and learn more about the democratic process from election staff.


      If you are interested in your school participating in a future Big Vote ballot count, contact the Participation Team at to make a request.

      Looking Back - Big Vote Candidates 2015