Do I have to register?
Whether you have never been on the electoral roll or you have recently moved, since December 2015, it is your responsibility to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote at the General Election 2017 is 22 May.
The Individual Electoral Registration was introduced in 2015 to improve the electoral roll accuracy and prevent fraud. It shifts the responsibility to register from householders to individual voters. In December 2015, around 8 million people were not correctly registered at their current address.
On the day Theresa May announced a snap general election, 58,000 under 25 registered to vote, only 2,465 had done the previous day. Have you register to vote?
How do I register to vote?
Registering to vote is easy. You can do it on line and it takes about 5 minutes.
Your National Insurance number and your passport will help, but registering is still very straightforward without them. Find out just how easy by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Why register to vote?
You will not be able to vote on 8 June 2017, if you had not registered to do so before 22 May 2017. In 2015, 800,000 young people aged 18 to 21 were not be able to vote because they were not on the electoral roll.
You might be one of the 750,000 British teenagers who were too young to vote at the European referendum, but old enough to vote at the General Election. You might have chosen not to vote in the past but are unhappy with the state of British politics. You might have strong feeling about our future or nagging doubts.
Wherever you stand politically, on 8 June 2017, you are given the opportunity to have you say about our future. We are given the chance to shape our Parliament. Under our constitution, Parliament is sovereign. Parliament is the supreme legal authority which can create or end any law. We elect Members of Parliament to represent us in this process of making laws. These laws have the power to change society. Our vote on 8 June will affect these choices, voting makes us ‘change makers’. By voting we shape of our future.
Be a change maker, make sure your voice is heard, register to vote before 22 May 2017.