A general election has been called for 12th December 2019, which means it’s important to check that you’re registered to vote. A huge 9.1 million women didn’t vote in the 2010 General Election, so we need to rally our sisters and make sure we’re all able to vote in the next election!
Useful info about registering to vote
You only have to register once, but will need to re-register if you have changed your address, name or nationality since you first registered. In order to vote in this general election you must be registered by at least Monday 25 November.
How to register
The easiest way to register is online. It takes around 5 minutes: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
You will need your National Insurance number, which can find on your payslips or official letters about tax, pensions or benefits.
There are also printed registration forms in Welcome Space at the Women’s Centre. If you would like help registering vote, please ask for Katie at our reception and she will support you and ensure your form is sent to Electoral Services.
Why is it important for women to register?
• Less than ½ women think the party leaders understand their day-to-day lives
• Only 22.5% of MPs are women despite making up 52% of the UK population
• Women aged 18-24 are the least likely group to vote
• The number of ‘missing’ female voters has risen by 78% since 1992
Who can vote in the general election?
You must be
- Be 18 or over on the day of the election.
- Be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
- Be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years).
- Not be legally excluded from voting.