Your Vote Matters!
Are you registered to vote at the next elections?
If not, register now with Forest of Dean District Council
No Vote – No say!
Reasons Why You Should Register To Vote
- It gives you a say on important issues that affect you
- It gives you a say on important issues that affect you; everything from roads and recycling in your area, to education and climate change
- You may think you don’t want to vote now, but if an issue comes up that you want to have your say on, if you’re on the register you’ll have the chance to vote on it.
Remember, registering to vote doesn’t mean you have to, it just means you can if you want to.
If you don’t register, you can’t vote, It’s as simple as that.
To vote in any UK elections, you have to be on the electoral register. It’s easy to register – you can fill in your details on the Electoral Commission Website or alternatively you can contact Forest of Dean District Council’s Electoral Registration Office.
- It gives you a say on who represents you in your local council and in the UK Parliament.
- One of the candidates will be selected to represent you whether you vote or not, so if you’re registered, you’ll have the chance to have a say on who represents you by voting. Some people are quick to complain when they disagree with politicians, but if you don’t register and don’t vote, you’ll never change anything
Elections can be called at short notice, and if you’re not registered you won’t be able to vote.
A UK Parliamentary general election, for example, can be called as late as 17 working days before election day, so don’t wait until it’s too late – register today and you can definitely have your say.
If you’re a student living away from home, you can register twice
Many students don’t know that they might be eligible to register to vote at both their home and university addresses, so they’d be able to vote wherever they are at the time of the election.
Across the world people have died fighting for the right to vote and be part of a democracy. By registering to vote you’ll be showing that you think that right is important. Think about it this way; in the UK, less than 100 years ago, people were killed during their struggles to get the vote for women. In South Africa, not until the end of apartheid in 1994 were black people able to vote for the first time. Today, many people across the world are still denied the right to vote.
How do I vote?
In the UK, there are three different ways you can vote. How you vote is up to you. It may depend on what you find easiest or the most convenient method. Most people vote in person at a polling station. However, if you are not able to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf).
Am I already registered to vote in the UK?
The electoral register is held by Forest of Dean District Council – they can tell you if you’re already registered.
Remember, No Vote – No Say!