Local organisations are encouraged to do a little deed for democracy
We are encouraging local citizens to be part of Vote 100, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women (and all men over 21) the right to vote.
This important moment in our democratic heritage was the result of decades of campaigning, with our own local campaigners being amongst those speaking up for votes for women.
In recognition of the famous suffragette slogan “Deeds not words”, we are asking local groups to contribute to “100 little deeds for local democracy”, which will be shared on the Vote 100 Kirklees website.
Examples of the “little deeds” already shared include making suffragette bunting and rosettes, talks at The Media Centre, a debate at Gomersal Primary School about votes for women and Netherton Brownies working towards a special Vote 100 badge.
Our Chief Executive, Jacqui Gedman said:
“In Kirklees, we have an ambitious aim to grow a stronger local democracy. Vote 100 is a great opportunity for us all to help each other learn more about our democracy and to make sure that more people are able to have a voice. We’re asking people to do something, however small – from making a badge to organising a community event – to celebrate democracy for everyone.
“I’d like to encourage local citizens of all ages to get involved. If you’re part of a local organisation, there are lots of ways to take part, and you can find practical ideas and funding opportunities on the Vote 100 Kirklees website.”
Vote 100 celebrations in Kirklees began in February and will continue throughout the year. A special exhibition, “Our fight for the voting right” opens at Tolson Musuem on 28 April. Other highlights include a new show from Mikron Theatre telling the story of women’s suffrage, special events at the University of Huddersfield, and walks with historian Jill Liddington. Many other events are yet to be announced.
Groups wanting to organise their own events can get support with promotion, or apply for a small grant (£300 to £2,000) from the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Fund. The latest round of funding is open now, with a deadline of 18 May.
Anyone who is interested can find out more on the Vote 100 Kirklees website.
Kirklees citizens who want to vote in the local elections on 3 May must register to vote by the 17 April deadline. Anyone who has already received a poll card does not need to register again. However, anyone who has not received a poll card, or has recently changed their address, name or nationality, should apply to register now. Citizens can apply online in just 5 minutes.
Assistance is available from the Elections helpline: 01484 221067 or 01484 221650.