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How to Register to Vote in the General Election

Get on the electoral register so you can vote Green in the general election (and the city council elections) on May 7th this year.  If you're not on the electoral register you won't be able to vote! 

You need to be on the electoral register by 20th April to be able to vote - if you leave it till this last date you may miss out if lots of people are registering, so register now to make sure you're on it!

Registering to vote is simple and easy to do online. Just go to:   https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and follow the online instructions. From this year, it is now your personal responsibility to get yourself registered to vote (rather than that of your parents, housemates, or university).

Full information about the new system and how to register is on the city council website at: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/council-and-democracy/individual-electoral-registration-ier

[On this city council webpage you will see the heading 'Opt out of the open register'. We recommend that you do opt out, because the open register is available for sale to commercial companies and businesses. Opting out in no way affects your right to vote, and you will still be registered to vote]

If you're not sure if you're registered in Bristol, you can email the city council electoral services at: electoral.services@bristol.gov.uk  or you can telephone them on 0117 922 3400

The city council website says that if you don't renew your registration, your registration will be carried forward to 2015. You'll therefore be registered to vote at the UK Parliamentary Election in May 2015 (provided you were previously registered - if not, you'll need to register in full).  However, you'll automatically lose the right to vote by post or proxy for the UK Parliamentary Election (in other words, you will need to register for a postal vote if you want one).

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