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AIBU to remind everyone to make sure they are registered to vote?

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alteredimages Tue 18-Apr-17 14:00:00

Please go to to make sure you are registered and can vote on the 8th of June.

This is especially important if you are an overseas voter because declarations only last 12 months, so even if you have previously registered you may not be any longer.

Because the election is so soon, there isn't a lot of time to waste.

allegretto Tue 18-Apr-17 14:04:29

Still can't vote, despite the Conservatives pledging to allow overseas voters to vote if they won the in their 2014 manifesto....

alteredimages Tue 18-Apr-17 14:05:22

Overseas voters can vote if they left the UK less than fifteen years ago allegretto. Sorry if that's not the case for you.

Reow Tue 18-Apr-17 14:09:36


Please vote all, even if you think it's a wasted vote.

The 27% who did not vote in the referendum may have thought that and look what a mess we are in now.

Please please please vote.

allegretto Tue 18-Apr-17 14:21:47

Altered - unfortunately not! I am actually ok in theory about not voting in a general election but still smarting about not voting in the referendum and having to bear the consequences anyway!

alteredimages Tue 18-Apr-17 17:09:38

My postal vote didn't arrive for the brexit referendum and I'm still annoyed. smile

While I was happy to not vote in previous GE this one is too important to miss.

Pariswhenitdrizzles Tue 18-Apr-17 17:15:06

Oh no altered sad sorry to hear that you couldn't vote in the EU referendum.

Good point about reminding everyone to register as well, thanks. I normally have a postal vote, but changed it today on the website to register to vote locally. Does anyone know roughly how long I'll wait until hearing back about registering to vote locally?

Plunkette Tue 18-Apr-17 17:26:34

For anyone who hasn't done it yet, it only takes five minutes. You need your NI number and your passport number (if you are overseas) to register.

They'll email a postal vote application to you straight away and you can scan it and send it back by email.

Pariswhenitdrizzles Tue 18-Apr-17 17:49:45

Plunkette - I've just registered, but I'm a bit confused. I'd like to vote in person rather than having a postal vote, so is there anything I need to do now?

alteredimages Tue 18-Apr-17 17:52:11

Not sure how long it takes Paris but for postal voting I was emailed a form immediately which needs to be sent back to the local board.

It says on the form that it needs to arrive at least 11 days before or 12 days for new registrations.

alteredimages Tue 18-Apr-17 17:53:24

Did you select email as your preferred form of communication? If so you should have been emailed any forms required straight away.

alteredimages Wed 19-Apr-17 10:07:38

150,000 people registered to vote yesterday! smile


Plunkette Wed 19-Apr-17 14:25:47

Did you receive confirmation that you have successfully registered Paris?

You should be able to find the email address for your local Electoral Registration Officer online. They'll get back to you on any queries.

If you've selected 'vote in person' you should receive a Polling card through the post just before the election though.

Rufus200 Wed 19-Apr-17 15:43:14

I refuse to be on the electoral register anymore because I don't want to be called up for jury duty ever again! The fact I have no one else to look after my child or that I am pregnant is irrelevant to a judge.
We moved house since Brexit and I'm not registering here.

floraeasy Wed 19-Apr-17 15:54:30

The 27% who did not vote in the referendum may have thought that and look what a mess we are in now

I don't understand. The outcome could have been the same, depending on how that 27% voted? confused

Pariswhenitdrizzles Wed 19-Apr-17 15:56:21

Plunkette I had an email through yesterday saying that I'd had chosen a postal vote, which was a bit odd, but I phoned them up today to let them know, and they said to drop them an email to cancel the postal vote so I could vote in person instead.

Plunkette Wed 19-Apr-17 20:33:58

Glad you got it sorted Paris. smile

SpreadYourHappiness Wed 19-Apr-17 20:37:12

While I was happy to not vote in previous GE this one is too important to miss.

Too important to miss? The tories will win with a landslide victory; there is no other outcome.

CheerfulMuddler Wed 19-Apr-17 21:05:55

The deadline for registering is MONDAY.

Fucking hell.

Could you ask Mumsnet to edit your thread title to say this, @alteredimages? That's really fucking soon.

CheerfulMuddler Wed 19-Apr-17 21:09:17

Aargh! No, it isn't. It's 22nd of May, not April. IGNORE ME.

MrsSherlock Wed 19-Apr-17 21:16:37

Voting Labour. I don't much like JC but I dislike TM and the Tories even more. Hateful, nasty party

MooMooKerchu Wed 19-Apr-17 21:20:17

I need to do a postal vote as we'll be out of the country on the day of the election - but it seems I have to find a printer to print the form for us to fill out and send back!! Was hoping I could register electronically (for one-off postal vote)!

MooMooKerchu Wed 19-Apr-17 21:24:27

.....and somewhat ridiculously I like to physically go to cast my vote. I have no control over my postal vote - what if it gets lost!!! albeit I'd never know

alteredimages Thu 20-Apr-17 08:56:08

MooMooKerchu you also have the option to vote by proxy, so it wouldn't be you physically casting the vote, but someone would on your behalf.

Just make sure it is someone who would respect your voting wishes. I think it is also supposed to be a close relative if possible.

Whew, CheerfulMuddler! That would be a very tight registration deadline. Still, no time to lose.

alteredimages Thu 20-Apr-17 08:57:13

SpreadYourHappiness, in all likelihood they will, but that isn't a reason not to vote.

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