DD(12) and her friend were asking me the other day if it was illegal not to vote. I said it wasn't but that it should be illegal to vote for something you don't understand.
It got me to thinking about how we educate the next generation of voters to use their vote wisely. So I thought about taking DD and some friends up to the House of Parliament for a tour etc.
When I was looking at their website I found some excellent teaching resources for lessons about how parliament and elections work. With the general election coming up next year, I would love DD to do something like this. So I'm sharing the link in the hope that her teacher is on here. Houses of Parliament education resources
In some countries like Australia failing to vote is illegal.
I agree with you though that children should be taught much more about our electoral system and processes. Apart from the fact that is important and really very interesting, too many people are disillusioned by aspects of it that are poorly understood eg that voter turnout is generally low, that a party doesn't have to get the most votes to be the winner, what happens if nobody wins and rules about who gets priority to form a government etc.