With less than two weeks left until the deadline to register to vote, we know there will be many people in Nottinghamshire who are not currently signed up. You don’t need us to tell you what a hard-fought-for right voting is, especially for women, following the Suffragette movement in the late-19th and early-20th centuries! But we thought it might be useful to remind people about how to register to vote, how to access support to do it anonymously, and why voting matters.
Most Nottinghamshire residents will have been sent an application to register to vote if they are not already on the electoral role as part of their council tax registration. However, if you have recently moved, live in rented accommodation or have trouble understanding information and services in English you may not have accessed this.
The easiest way to register to vote is to do so online. You can start the process here if you have your National Insurance number handy. To vote in the General Election on 8 June, you need to register by 11:59pm on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered. You can follow the same link to:
- update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
- change your voting preferences, for example to vote in person or by post
- change whether you’re on the open register
It usually takes about 5 minutes.
We blogged last week about the issues surrounding anonymous voter registration. Women’s Aid and the Electoral Commission have produced a short Joint Guide to support survivors of domestic abuse to register to vote anonymously. The guide is aimed at professionals working with survivors, and includes helpful advice on the anonymous registration application process and some frequently asked questions. Please note that the deadline for anonymous voter registration is Wednesday 31 May 2017.
You can download the guide here.
Lastly, regardless of your political preferences, voting in local and general elections allows all of us to push violence against women and girls higher up the political agenda. Contacting your candidates and asking them about their intentions is a useful first step. To support our efforts to get all political parties to take domestic violence seriously we urge all of you to use your vote on 8 June.