- Posted 21st April 2017 at 9:00am
Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election (an election called earlier than thought – the next was scheduled for 2020). In short, the elections will decide the 650 MPs who will sit in the House of Commons & vote on everything from Brexit to the economy and much more!
The most important thing you can do is make sure you are ready to be a part of it and use your voice. As much as this includes following the headlines, reading policies, making your decision and then turning up to vote, it all starts right now by ensuring you are registered to vote. To make this as easy as possible here are the who, how & where of registering to vote!
Who can vote?
To vote in the general election you must:
- Be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
- Be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- Be 18 or over on June 8
- Not be legally excluded from voting
How do you register to vote?
It really couldn’t be easier. All you do is head online to the government website and follow the simple 3-4minute procedure, where you will be asked for your name, address, National Insurance number & whether you would like a postal vote.
Where can you vote?
Jumping ahead a little, and assuming you have successfully registered to vote, and the Election Day is upon us, you just grab your polling card and head to the address stated between 7am & 10pm.
If for some reason you don’t receive a polling card, you can contact your local authority, which can be found here and they will help!
That’s about all for now! Watch this space for more hints & tips from us, go register now and check out Your Vote Matters for more helpful info regarding all things elections!