Not everybody realises that before you can take part in elections, you have to register, and you have to update your details on the register if you move house.
If you’re not registered to vote, then you can’t have your say. You can’t hold politicians to account or give your consent to policies that will impact on your life. Our politics is shaped by the people who turn out to vote, but many people are still missing from the electoral register.
When we compare the 2011 electoral register with census data we can see that many groups are under-represented. Around half of 19-24 years olds were not registered, compared to just 6% of those aged over 65. Fewer people from BME communities were on the register compared to white people. 56% of people living in private rented homes were registered, compared to nearly 90% of homeowners.
Thankfully registering to vote just got easier. You can now fill in a simple form online, through the Government’s website, instead of the usual way of filling in a paper form and posting it to the council.
Please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register to vote now.
If you think you’re already on the register, but you’re not sure, don’t worry about doing it again it’s better to be safe.
If you are on the register, then please share the link and encourage other people to sign up too. The more people we have taking part in politics and making their voices heard the better our politics will be.