Voting in an election is an exciting opportunity that we have as members of a democratic society. However some of us do not value that option when we fail to exercise our right to vote.
Register to vote
The quickest and easiest way to register to vote is online on the GOV.UK website.
You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums. You may register to vote online, registering takes around 5 minutes and you will need your National Insurance number (if you have one).
You can also register by post using the voter registration forms available from the GOV.UK website.
Reasons to vote
- It gives you a say on who runs the country, who sits on your local council and who represents you in Europe
- it give you a say on important issues that affect you
- all across the world, people have died fighting for the right to vote and be part of a democracy
- voting ensures the lasting support of the democratic structure. If the majority choose not to vote then democracy may become a thing of the past
- showing that you care with your vote tells candidates that they must be accountable to the public
- voting in elections sets a positive example to others who may be uninterested or unfamiliar with the electoral system.
Voting in person
Most people in the UK choose to cast their vote in person at their local polling station. Voting at a polling station is very straightforward and there is always a member of staff available to help you if you are not sure what to do.
If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card before the election telling you when and where to vote. The polling station is often a school or local hall near where you live. The poll card you receive is for information only, and you do not need to take it to the polling station with you in order to vote.
You can find further advice about voting in person on the your vote matters website.
Voting by post
A postal voter is an elector who has applied to have his/her ballot paper sent to their home address, or another specified address. Special envelopes are supplied to enable the ballot paper to be marked in private and returned to the Town Hall.
Voting by proxy
A proxy voter is a person who has been appointed to vote on behalf of another elector. The proxy will normally attend the voter's polling station and be handed the voter's ballot paper. In certain circumstances, the proxy may apply to vote by post on behalf of the elector.