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sophie atherton

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10 reasons to register to vote in the local elections

Local elections are taking place in May next year and will be contesting about 270 English local councils and their borders.

Registration is now up and running, so here’s 10 reasons why you should register to vote today!

1. Empowerment- don’t let others speak on your behalf, this is the perfect opportunity to have your say.

2. Registering to vote reflects well on your credit rating. Although this might not be something you’ve ever thought about, if you want to get a mobile contract, rent, take a car out on credit or even get a mortgage, your credit-rating will be taken into account and it really helps if you’re on the electoral roll. ?

3. Every vote counts. Only 43% of 18-24-year-olds voted in 2015. If more young people had voted, the outcomes of the elections they were voting in could have been altered dramatically.

4. You have a right to vote and to have your say, so why not use it?

5. For students who live away from home, you can register both at your home address and at your university address.

6. It only takes a couple of minutes to register.

7. An election could turn up at any time, you don’t want to miss out because you’re not registered.

8. It feels good to be part of something as important as deciding who represents your local community. 

9. You can help elect the candidate that you want, the candidate that represents your views best.

10. You can register easily online from the comfort of your home. 

For those that would like some more information on this specific election and why it is so important, I will be hosting a hustings event next semester on the 28thof March with local councillors prior to the registration date closing. For anyone who isn’t sure, a hustings event it is basically an opportunity for those running in the election to address potential voters. It’s a great place for you to get some more information, check out who the potential candidates are, and ask them any questions. 

Like I said, the registration process is currently open right now! Click here to find how you can get yourself registered in time for the local elections. 

As always, if you have any questions about registering to vote then please do email me, s.atherton@uea.ac.uk, or just come into Union House for a chat. 

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