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Voting and elections information for young people


Why should you vote?

Decisions are made on your behalf every day, on schools, leisure facilities, healthcare, defence, environment, etc. If you don't vote, then you can't have your say on these issues.

To vote, you must be on the electoral register. This is the list of everyone who is registered to vote. Each year register of electors forms are delivered to houses and residents are required to complete and return them.  If you are 16 or above, you can go on the register.

Why do I go on the Register if I can't vote yet?

You can go on the register from the age of 16, but you can't vote until you are 18. You are asked to register early so that if you turn 18 during the electoral year, you are already on the register and won't miss out on voting.

The following categories of people are eligible to be on the electoral register:

  • Anyone aged 16 or over 
  •  British or Commonwealth Citizens
  •  Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) countries

If you missed the annual registration form you can get a rolling registration form from the Elections Office by telephoning 01706 252445/6 or download it from the Electoral Commission's website here.

Postal voting is when your vote is posted to you at home for elections. Anyone on the register of electors can apply to vote by post.  If you want your vote for elections to be posted to you instead of going to the pollig station please phone or e-mail the elections office on 01706 252445/6 or download one here.

Proxy voting is when you appoint a person to vote for you. You can apply to vote by proxy if you are ill or disabled, or if you are away from home on election day. You must provide information about why you can't get to your polling station on your application form.  If you want to appoint a proxy to vote for you please phone the elections office.

 Remember: If you are not on the electoral register you will have no say in the selection of the people who represent you.

 Contact the Elections Office on 01706 252445/6 to register!

More information on voting and elections can also be found on the Electoral Commission's website.

Telephone: 01706 252445

Elections Office, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0BB