Today’s blog entry is about the General Election on 12 December. Today (26 November) is the last day that you can register for the election and I think it is important to speak about that. Even though most of us feel desperate or simply angry about political developments in the UK in the last three years, it is an important election and your vote matters, not just for UK citizens but for everyone who is living and studying in the UK.
Let me give you some information about how to get registered. You can register to vote if you are both:
- Aged 16 or over
- A UK citizen (or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address)
To be allowed to vote, you must be 18 or older.
The deadline for registration is 11:59pm on 26 November and if you want to apply to vote by post you must register before 5pm on 26 November.
If you are a student, you can register both at your university and home address. However, you can only vote once.
The easiest way to get registered is to use the online service, which you can find by clicking this link. You don’t need to register for every election, only once for the first time.
During the registration process you will be asked for your National Insurance number, but even if you don’t have one you are allowed to register. For more information about registration, click here.
After getting registered, you might ask yourself which party you should vote for. Of course this is not the platform to promote any specific party but if you are interested in the different parties, their programmes and how your interests match with any of them, you can click here to take a political quiz and learn more about the topics relevant to the election.
Remember, every single vote matters and it is your right to have a say in the political future of this country!