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Why register?

If you are not on the register, you can't vote and won't have a say in how the country is run. 

Elections can be called at short notice, and if you're not registered you won't be able to vote.  So don't wait until it’s too late - register today and have your say.

Being on the register is proof of your identity and is often used by credit reference agencies and mortgage companies. These companies check the register when people apply for credit, in order to counteract fraud.

Across the world people have died fighting for the right to vote and be part of a democracy.  By registering to vote you'll be showing that you think 'that right' is important. Think about it this way - in the UK, less than 100 years ago, people were killed during their struggles to get the vote for women. In South Africa, not until the end of apartheid in 1994 were black people able to vote for the first time. Today, many people across the world are still denied the right to vote.

If you do not register vote, not only will you not be able to have a say at future elections, but if you don’t respond to requests for information from us, you could be at risk of getting fined £80.