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Your Voice Is Your Power

April 22nd, 2024

Article from Black Equity Org Newsletter:

In 2022, 28% of Black voters in Great Britain were not registered to vote. That’s a quarter of the Black population not having their voice heard and not exercising their democratic right to vote. Tuesday 16th April also marks National Voter Registration Day led by My Life My Say, a youth-led, non-partisan movement on a mission to encourage young people to participate in democracy, and get every single young person voting. 

How do I know if I’m eligible to vote?

To register to vote you have to be:

  • Aged 16 or over in England, or 14 or over in Scotland and Wales

  • A British citizen OR

    • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK

    • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

    • a citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission.

If you are unsure if you can vote, you can check here. You can also check which elections you are able to vote in here.

How do I register to vote?

Registering to vote is a relatively quick and simple process. You only need to do it once, unless you have changed your name, address or nationality. You can register, here

You must also ensure your photo ID is valid for you to vote in person. You do not need a photo ID for a postal vote. You can read more about what ID you need here.

By registering to vote, you can ensure that you are able to vote in the next election, including the upcoming general election. The work on Black Britain’s Mandate will also aid you in determining what key policy areas you want to see changed in the future. It takes each and every one of us to work together to create change.

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