Are you among the missing millions?

2016 Register to vote bannerOn 5 May the UK goes back to the polls and it’s a big year for your vote.  Elections are taking place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There are local government and mayoral elections in England and police and crime commissioner elections as well.

And, YOU don’t want to miss out on the biggest vote in a generation. The EU in-out referendum will decide our future in Europe which will be on 23 June.

But you can’t take part in any UK election or the EU referendum if you’re not registered to vote. 

Did you know that ever since the Conservative government changed the way we register to vote, hundreds of thousands of people have fallen off the electoral roll?

Renters, students and immigrant communities are the most under-represented groups on the roll. You could be one of the missing and not even know it.

The key change is that now you must register individually – you can no longer rely on someone in your household (or student halls) doing it on your behalf.

The best way to make sure you don't lose out is to register to vote

Download the May 2016 UniteWorks election special

Registering is easy. 3 simple steps

  1. Go to The deadline to register to vote is 18 April

  2. It takes minutes to register online, but your vote is your power to bring about change. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You will need your national insurance number. You can find this on your pay slip, or on official letters about benefits or tax credits. If you’ve lost it, got to:

  3. Tell your colleagues, friends and family to get registered and be heard. Use the materials below and sharable social media content to help spread the word. To order a supply, please contact the comms team

Go postal!

  • Our lives are so busy now so why not make voting easier and apply for a postal vote?   Anyone can apply to vote by post – but you need to do so by 19 April. 

  • Go to Simply download the form, fill it in and return it to your local election registrations office. For more information and to find your local office, go to About My Vote.

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Can I register to vote?

You can, if you are:

16 years old or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18 years old)

a British, Irish, European Union or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

You can vote in UK local elections, if you’re registered to vote and:

aged 18 or over on polling day (16 or over in Scotland)

a UK, Irish or a Commonwealth or European Union citizen living in the UK

not legally excluded from voting, eg because you’re in prison

You can vote in the EU referendum, if you're registered to vote and: 

aged 18 or over on polling day

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals who have lived overseas for less than 15 years.

Citizens from EU countries - apart from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus - will not get a vote.

If you are not registered, you cannot vote in any UK election or referendum.