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2019-08-21T04:34:52.880Z

On the 25th of this month, the election date is approaching, and the Saitama governor's election is approaching the end of the election.



Will the national minimum vote rate be raised? Topic comics and collaboration will also be Saitama governor election August 21 13:25

The voting date is approaching on the 25th of this month, and the governor's election in Saitama, which is approaching the end of the election, has recorded the lowest vote for the governor's election in the past three times with a vote rate of 20%.
The Saitama Prefectural Election Management Committee is working on ways to raise the voter turnout, such as using topical comics.

In the Saitama governor's election, the past three turnouts are all in the 20% range, and almost three out of four people do not go to the vote. Recorded the lowest nationwide.

In order to raise the vote rate somehow, the Saitama Prefectural Election Commission has collaborated with the original manga of the movie “Shunde Saitama”, which became a hot topic by thoroughly smashing Saitama Prefecture in accordance with this election. I make videos, send them on the Internet, and publish them at stations and trains.

In the video, the protagonist's character is calling for voting with masochistic words such as "No sea, no airport, but right to vote!" The number of views has reached 470,000 times as of the 20th.

In addition to measures against heat stroke, we are also promoting activities unique to Saitama Prefecture, known for its severe heat, such as distributing salt candy that calls for voting designed by local university students.

“There was a person who didn't even know that there was a governor's election so far, so I made an impressive video and poster this time to avoid it.” “I don't want to be indifferent, so I want many people to vote.”

The voting day will be 25th of this month, whether it will be a battle between newcomers for the first time in 16 years, and the stigma of low voter turnout can be returned in this Saitama governor election.

Voting rate improvement is aimed at young people

The vote rate of the Saitama governor election was 27.67% in 2007 12 years ago, 24.89% in the previous year and 2011, 26.63% in the previous year and 2015, and recorded the 20% level for 3 consecutive times. This is the calculation that almost 3 out of 4 did not go to the vote.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the vote rate for governor elections in six prefectures, including Chiba and Ibaraki, has reached the 20% level so far, but Saitama is the only third consecutive time.

As the first governor election in Saitama since the right to vote was lowered to the age of 18, the Election Management Committee is calling for voting mainly by the younger generation using the Internet and SNS.

A man in his twenties said, “I felt that the enlightenment efforts were new and that there was a big change unlike the previous election. I would like to go to vote.”

In addition, a woman in her 60s said, “I also watched a movie, so the effort was interesting and I had to go to vote.”

Source: nhk

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