Tuesday 27 October 2015
As a result of changes to the way we register to vote, which come into effect on 1 December 2015, it’s estimated that over a million people could drop off the electoral register, with as many as 400,000 of them being in London.
Under the old electoral system, one person in each household completed the registration for every resident eligible to vote. But when councils transfer to a new register in December, to which everyone has to sign up as an individual, it is estimated that around 1 million people will fall off the electoral register.
With the London mayoral and local elections due to take place in May next year, not to mention a potential EU Referendum, you can have your say on both local and transnational decisions once you register.
QMUL’s Professor Tim Bale says: “The only way politicians will pay attention to what young people want is if those young people actually vote. And the only way for you to vote is to make sure you get registered. Knowing how to do that is more crucial than it's ever been.”
Get on the electoral register: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Contact your local Electoral Registration Office if you’re not sure whether you’re already on the register.