Register to vote – it only takes five minutes!
On 6 May, there are elections across England, Wales and Scotland. Ahead of these, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re registered to vote, and make sure your voice is heard. To vote in any of the elections on 6 May 2021, you’ll need to register by midnight on 19 April 2021.
If you think you may not be registered, or your details have changed in the last couple of years, you can register to vote and update your name, address or other details on the electoral register easily online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Registering takes around five minutes. You’ll be asked for your national insurance number, which should be on any wages slip, but you can still register if you don’t have it to hand.
Vote Early, Vote By Post
Members tell us that it can be difficult to get to the polling station to vote in person. Work commitments, childcare arrangements, or sudden changes in plans can mean that getting to the polling station isn’t possible, despite best intentions.
On top of this, there are those members who have been shielding or are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable who might be concerned about how voting in person in a pandemic will work, or how it could affect them. There is a real concern that people could stay away from casting a vote in person because they are, rightly, worried about the impact of Covid.
For these reasons, it’s a good idea to sign up for a postal vote to vote early, vote safely, and vote from home. Anyone on the electoral roll can have a postal vote, you don’t need a special reason. Visit the link below to get more information and an application form.
Remember - to vote in the election on 6 May 2021, you’ll need to register by 5pm on Tuesday 6 April in Scotland and 5pm Tuesday 20 April in England and Wales.
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