Election Notes 4: Registration

If I sound as if I’m obsessed by this, I do not apologise; I am deeply concerned that everybody should vote, and if I can persuade just one person who was not going to that they should exercise their democratic right and responsibility, then it will have been worth it. If you are a UK citizen and you haven’t been registered, it’s dead easy. Just go on this website:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

It takes about five minutes or less and all you need is your National Insurance number. It doesn’t matter if you have already done it- you don’t get two votes! (Yes, if you’ve already got a polling card you don’t need to do it.)

Then you can vote in the June 8th election. You can choose by hair colour, dress sense, personality, political party or even (for goodness’ sake!) their policies.

Just do it. But register before midnight on Monday May 22nd or you will be disenfranchised. Painful.

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Election Note 2

Election notes 2

Briefly: At the time of the last election, I was talking to a young, intelligent woman who told me that she would not be voting because she did not know anything about the choices. I was horrified, but failed to persuade her to vote.

Last night I was reminded of this when a potential voter in the West Midlands was interviewed about the forthcoming mayoral election. She was not aware this poll was happening.

There is no law in the U.K. compelling one to vote. Apparently there is in at least twelve countries, including Nauru and Cyprus. I’m not sure if compulsion is a good idea; ultimately I consider it’s your right to vote or not. However, I strongly believe you should vote.

If you don’t vote, you are letting politicians get away with anything they like. The vast majority are very well-intentioned, but it’s a slippery slope. You cannot moan, grumble or complain about their actions unless you have made your voice heard. Of course, your elected representative may not do what you want, and you may not have voted for them anyway; but you can write to them, campaign, discuss; this is a democracy and still pretty free. (Are you allowed two semi-colons in one sentence? Oblique style is to over-use them, I’m afraid.)

If you don’t know enough about it, go out and find out about it. We should all be involved in our democracy. That’s what makes it still great.

Phew, got carried away. Must go and have a lie-down. No- it’s coffee time!