Voting Counts Founder Wins Cabinet Office Award
Voting Counts’ founder, Rachael Farrington, has been awarded ‘Young Advocate of the Year’ by the Cabinet as part of the UK’s first National Democracy Week.
The awards ceremony, held at the brilliant People’s History Museum in Manchester, sought to “recognise pioneering individuals and organisations who have demonstrated exceptional service in increasing democratic engagement in the UK”.
Rachael was nominated for the award, along with a number other individuals who have all worked to promote democratic engagement in their communities. To her surprise, Rachael was awarded the prestigious award alongside Michael Bryan and Dan Lawes.
Congratulations to Michael Bryan, Dan Lawes @YPUK_ and Rachael Farringdon@VotingCountsUK for winning a National Democracy Award. They jointly won Young Advocate of the Year.#TalkDemocracy#NDW18 pic.twitter.com/QN1pKTj5WN
— Cabinet Office (@cabinetofficeuk) July 2, 2018
On receiving the award, Rachael said “It’s really great to have the work of Voting Counts recognised in this way. We’re a small team with limited resources, using the internet to empower as many young adults as possible, so being noticed by the Cabinet Office really means a lot to us all.”
Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, shared a photo of all the nominees on stage at the People’s History Museum (Manchester).
— Chloe Smith (@NorwichChloe) July 2, 2018
The awards ceremony has been held to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act, which gave women equal voting rights and kicked off celebrations for National Democracy Week.
Read the Government’s Press Release on the Awards Ceremony: