Why Young People Should Register to Vote, and how to do so


I get it, we’re all sick of hearing about it. Brexit has worn us down, and it feels like all we’ve been doing for the past 5 years or so is voting. But I want to urge everyone in my generation to not give up, because the election on December 12th could be the most important one yet. It really does have the potential to shape the future of the UK.

And remember, this is OUR future. Whatever happens in this election, we are the generation that it is going to have the most direct effect on. To let our voices go unheard would be a tragedy.

There are so many huge issues that are up in the air at the moment. The NHS is more at risk than ever and Brexit is looming. It’s more important than ever to educate ourselves and decide which party we think has our generation’s best interests at heart.

I wrote a whole few paragraphs on who I am voting for and why, but I deleted them. I don’t want this post to become an argument over who we should or shouldn’t vote for. That’s not what this is about. What is important is that the young people of this country make an effort to do some research, come to their own conclusions and make their vote count. Democracy is a great privilege that we are lucky enough to have in this country, so let’s take advantage of that.

We have the power to make the choices that will affect our futures. Let’s use that power.

Here are a few practical tips about registering to vote:

  1. You can register to vote online here.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT illegal to register to vote in two locations. If you are a University student or live at two addresses, you can register to vote in both locations (but can only vote in one).
  3. It takes literally 2 minutes to register.
  4. If you don’t want to go to a polling station to vote, you can register for a postal vote.
  5. You have until 26th November to register to vote in the 12th December election (plenty of time!)

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