On 5 May, there are local elections in Scotland, Wales and parts of England. Usdaw members have the power to make a real difference in these elections but if you aren’t registered, you can’t vote.
It’s often people who are affected most by Government policies who are most likely not to be registered – young people and those who rent their homes or have moved recently.
Even if you have registered in the past, you may need to register again. Changes to electoral registration led to hundreds of thousands of voters falling off the electoral roll and not being eligible to vote any more.
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 5 minutes and you’ll need your national insurance number, which should be on any wages slip.
Register for a postal vote
Did you know that everyone aged over 18 has the right to vote by post?
We all live increasingly busy lives and many members will have missed their chance to get out and vote in the past because of work, family or personal commitments. With a postal vote you can be sure your voice is heard at every election. Having a postal vote doesn’t mean you can’t go along and vote in person, it just gives you the option of posting your vote.
to get started on your application, and you can even sign up for voting reminders by text or email.
If there is any risk that you might not be able to get out and vote in person on polling day then you should get a postal vote now.
Promoted by Paddy Lillis, General Secretary on behalf of Usdaw, Head Office, Voyager Building, 2 Furness Quay, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3XZ.