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So Why Bother About Voting, If You're Not 18 Yet?

Well each year nearly a quarter of young people who should be included on the electoral register for the first time are left off. It means that they canít vote when there is an election.

Why does this matter?

This country is a democracy. Every day, Members of Parliament and local councillors, elected by the people, take vital decisions affecting all our lives. You can help choose them. Make sure you have your say - use your right to vote. If you donít, you will lose your chance to influence the way things are run in the country, or your part of it. All votes are equal - your vote is as important as anyone elseís is.

Can anyone vote?

No, you have to be 18 or over, you must also be:

  • A British citizen; or
  • A citizen of another Commonwealth country; or
  • For certain elections, a citizen of another European Union country

PLUS-

Your name must be included on the register of electors, otherwise you canít vote.

How do I get on the register?

Thatís easy. Each year, at the end of the summer, the local Electoral Registration Officer (whose job it is to compile the register) sends the electoral registration form (called Form A) to every household in his or her area.

Form A varies in appearance from area to area. If your household has not received the form by the middle of September contact the Electoral Registration Officer at your local council offices. Form A has to be filled in by one of the householders.

  • If you live in a hostel the form should be filled in by the people who run it.
  • If you are a lodger in someoneís house it should be filled in by the owner of the house.
  • If you live in a flat with friends, one person should take responsibility for filling in the form.
  • If you live on your own, in a bedsit for example, you should fill in the form.

MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS INCLUDED

Form A explains which people are allowed to vote so that the householder can list their names. All 16 and 17 year olds should be included. This is because they may reach the age of 18 (and become eligible to vote) while the register is still being used.

Read:

So How Do You Vote?

The Pupiline Guide To The Main UK Political Parties

How To Stand For Parliament

Our Stories... Standing For Election

Our Stories... I'm Not Old Enough To Vote But I'm Still Getting Involved'

Links

The Electoral Commission
http://www.electoral-commission.gov.uk/

For Scottish Elections see:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/voting/fr-electoral.htm

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The above applies to the political process in the United Kingdom and follows the laws of the UK.

- The Pupiline Team

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©1999-2003 Pupiline Limited, 2003-2008 Creative Commons. For info email Oli Originally powered by KeConnect Internet, now powered by XCalibre and the Big Boost, recovered thanks to Warrick