Have you registered to vote?
|Published: 30th January 2010 21:51|
A UK parliamentary general election will be held sometime between now and June 2010. Make sure you are registered to vote, as the election could be called at any time.
The Electoral Commission has launched a new website to help you understand the importance of registering to vote: About My Vote website
Not sure why you should register to vote? Don't think it's important? Registering to vote isn't something most people think about outside of election time.
Their new website gives some of our top reasons why you should register to vote. You can also have a look at some of the most common myths and misunderstandings about registration and voting.
Why register to vote?
It gives you a say on important issues that affect you - everything from roads and recycling in your area, to education and climate change. You may think you don't want to vote now, but if an issue comes up that you want to have your say on, if you're on the register you'll have the chance to vote on it.
To vote in any UK elections, you have to be on the Electoral Register. It's easy to register - you can fill in your details on the About My Vote website. Then you just need to print the form, sign it, and send it to your local electoral registration office. You can get their address and other contact details from the website.
Elections can be called at short notice, and if you're not registered you won't be able to vote - a UK parliamentary general election, for example, can be called as late as 17 working days before election day, so don't wait until it's too late - register today and you can definitely have your say.
Do you want to have your say?
Click below to watch a short film that shows that if you want to have your voice heard, you need to register:
How do I vote?
In the UK, there are three different ways you can vote. How you vote is up to you. It may depend on what you find easiest or the most convenient method. Most people vote in person at your local polling station. However, if you are not able to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf).
Remember, registering to vote doesn't mean you have to, it just means you can if you want to. If you don't register, you can't vote! - it's as simple as that.