Guernsey is preparing to head to the polls to choose their next 45 deputies and indications are that this could be the States’ first ‘social media’ election. This shift could help to engage younger voters in the political process and change the way politicians communicate with the public.
Young people and politics in Guernsey enjoy an uneasy relationship for many different reasons. These issues aren’t unique to Guernsey as democracies throughout the world are struggling to engage with young people. However there are several factors unique to island politics that create barriers to participation. Despite these underlying structural political issues, there is also cause for optimism.