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You've Got Until Midnight Tonight To Register To Vote In Next Month's Election

You've Got Until Midnight Tonight To Register To Vote In Next Month's Election

Here comes the most important piece of information you'll receive today.

If you're planning to vote in the forthcoming UK general election, you've only got one more day to register to vote or you won't be eligible to do so.

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As you've no doubt noticed by this stage, next month there's going to be a general election.

Yes, on 12 December we're going to be asked to make a decision in potentially the most important vote this country has seen since - well, the last one.

Seriously though, it's a real chance to exercise our collective democratic right and choose who we want to lead us through some of the most challenging times that we've ever been asked to navigate.

Don't like it? Use your chance to change it. Credit: PA
Don't like it? Use your chance to change it. Credit: PA

It's a big deal, basically.

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That's why, regardless of whether you're a Labour voter in Lewisham or a Conservative in Carlisle, you need to register to vote today if you want to play your part in the process.

Hell, even if you're planning to draw a willy on your ballot paper in protest, you still need to register today for that chance.

It's not as if it's difficult to do, either.

If you head to gov.uk/registertovote it's likely that you'll spend just a few minutes there, after which you'll be good to go.

Who gets to go to Number 10? Credit: PA
Who gets to go to Number 10? Credit: PA

Here's the small print:

All UK citizens, as well as Irish, or qualifying Commonwealth citizens with a permanent UK address can register to vote.

You need an address in the UK (or be a Brit living abroad who has been registered to vote in the last 15 years).

You can't vote if you've been excluded from doing so, although unless you're in prison, have been guilty of an election-related crime, or are a Member of the House of Lords, you should be OK.

Anyone over the age of 18 who meets the criteria can vote, but if you'll be 18 before the election, you can register now too.

If you want to cast your vote, you've got to register today. Credit: PA
If you want to cast your vote, you've got to register today. Credit: PA

Weirdly enough, there's still a huge number of people out there who aren't registered, and therefore won't be able to have their say on who takes charge of the country.

Statistics from the Electoral Commission tell us that one in four black and Asian voters aren't registered. They also state that one in three people aged 18 and 19 aren't registered, either.

Guys, if you want to change the way things are - or if you want them to stay the same - it takes about as long to register as it does to make a brew.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications, Policy and Research at the Electoral Commission, said: "If you're not registered by midnight tonight, you will not be able to vote on 12 December.

"For some young people this will be their first opportunity to vote, yet we know that one in three of them are not properly registered.

"Private renters, too, anyone who has recently moved home, people without a fixed address and those in some black and Asian communities - all these groups are less likely to be registered.

"They are at risk of missing out.

"Registering takes just five minutes, and can be done online at gov.uk/registertovote. So if you want to make sure your voice is heard, do it now."

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at last week's debate. Credit: PA
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at last week's debate. Credit: PA

The UK stands at a crossroads. There's never been a more crucial time than now to express your opinion and have your voice heard.

It'll take two seconds, don't let this opportunity pass by without speaking your mind.

One more time for the people in the back: register to vote by midnight tonight.

Topics: uk news, politics

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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