First-time voters prepare to have their say

THE STATE'S youngest voters put political candidates through their paces in Hobart yesterday at the "Y Your Vote Counts" youth forum.

More than 300 young people attended the forum, and were given one last chance to enrol to vote before the issuing of the writs today.

Greens leader Nick McKim, Denison Liberal MHA Elise Archer and Denison Labor candidate Sharon Carnes faced questions from the crowd on topics ranging from climate change to education and public transport.

Tasmanian Youth Forum policy and project officer Tegan Pearce said the forum showed how interested first- time voters were in engaging in the state election.

"Many people think that young people aren't interested in politics, but they are passionate about the issues that are most important to them," Ms Pearce said.

Tasmanian Youth Forum member Briar Walker, 16, said the forum helped first-time voters decide who they might vote for.

Ms Walker enrolled to vote at the forum yesterday, and said she looked forward to voting in the next state election. "Even though I'm too young to vote yet it's good to hear from the political parties," she said.

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