Why, where and how to register to vote for the 2017 General Election

Please, please, please, please, please – if you do anything today, sign up to vote.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

Your deadline to register online is 23.59 GMT on Monday 22 May. So GET ON IT, it really doesn’t take long.

HOW DO I VOTE

And, if you don’t do it online, you can fill out and post a form. If you live in Northern Ireland, you have to fill in a form and take it to your local electoral office.

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Either way, if you don’t do this, you can’t vote in the General Election on June 8 – you’ve lost your voice.

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HOW MANY PEOPLE VOTE?

According to The Electoral Commission, around seven million people across Britain are eligible to vote but have not registered. That includes 30% of people under 34.

And, at the last General Election in 2015, the turnout was 66.1%, including spoiled ballot papers  (which I’ll get into a bit later). So a massive 33.9% of the UK did not vote. That’s more than any party’s votes put together.

AND WHY SHOULD I?

Here are 10 reasons why you should vote:

  1. In somewhere like Anglesey in North Wales (gorgeous, look it up) there is a margin of 27 votes, meaning just 14 people could change the result. So, in some cases, you vote could be the decider. Your vote counts.

2. Women fought hard for the vote (and working class men too) in 1928. Some even died in the process. So please don’t disrespect their legacy. Voting is your goddamn right – use it.

3. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the way the world is. You haven’t even tried to change it.

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4. Don’t like your options? I’m with you. But even if you don’t like a party, you can spoil your vote by scribbling/drawing on it – then it is still counted. If enough people do this, there will be a record of how many people are unhappy with existing politics.

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5. What if you change your mind? If a candidate says something during the next two weeks, before the election, that makes you want to vote for them or STOP THEM from ever being in charge of the country – you won’t be able to vote. If you don’t register to vote, you’re powerless against evil.

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6. You have no say over how/where your hard-earned cash (taken as taxes) is spent, or what the future of education/ the NHS/ whatever is important to you looks like.

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7. In a lot of countries, some people still don’t have the freedom to vote. Are you really going to moan about having to queue at the polling booth?

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8. There are often puppies at the polls…

9. Registering to vote improves your credit rating.Want a mortgage some day? Register to vote.

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10. Polls can be wrong.You can’t sit back and trust the predictions. Just look at the last election.

So if you want a say on anything in society, then get off Twitter, put your hair in a messy bun AND REGISTER TO VOTE.

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