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Shortland Street actor spreads enrol to vote message to students

Aug 2, 2007 | Media release

Shortland Street Actor Adam Rickitt has joined the drive to get young people enrolled to vote for this year’s local elections – staking out Auckland University Campus signing people up to enrol.

“Almost two out of every three people not enrolled are aged between 18 and 24 years,” says Murray Wicks, National Manager of the Electoral Enrolment Centre.

“Getting out into the community and trying to raise awareness of the need to enrol to vote and take part in democracy is a key part of our work to improve those numbers.”

Adam Rickitt,who plays Kieran Mitchell on Shortland Street and before that Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street, volunteered to give the EEC a hand to help empower people to enrol to vote.

“Democracy and voting is the ultimate gift of empowerment and a choice that people sacrifice their lives for every day in other countries,” says Adam. “Others are given the privilege from birth and we shouldn’t abuse that gift, we should use it in the most informed manner we can.

Adam joined the Electoral Enrolment Centre team on the Auckland University Campus signing people up to enrol to vote on Wednesday 1 August.

”Don’t blame life if the lemonade is sour because you couldn’t be bothered checking the lemons,” says Adam.

People need to be enrolled by 24 August to get their local elections voting papers in the mail. Enrol or update your details now.


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