Register To Vote Today
Today (Thursday 5th February 2015) is National Voter Registration Day.
It's a day organised by Bite The Ballot to get young people registered to vote on Thursday 7th May 2015 in the UK General Election.
That's the big one every five years that decides your local MP, the party in power and the Prime Minister.
The number of young people going to vote has tended to be pretty rubbish compared to other age groups. Old people love a good vote, which is why they get policies that suit them - free bus travel, winter fuel allowance, free TV licences etc. while young people tend get to get shafted - see the proposals to remove housing benefit from 18-21s.
Not registering to vote and not going to vote allows politicians to think that you don't care and if you're not voting, they will ignore you and your needs.
And just because you're registered to vote doesn't mean you have to vote for a political party; if none of them appeal to you, go and spoil your ballot. Draw a funny face, write a diatribe or scribble everyone's names out - it still gets counted. This is a way to officially say you're fed up with the choice on offer and want change.
Voting in Cardiff
Every property in Cardiff will have received a letter with details of who's currently on the electoral register (i.e. is allowed to vote on 7th May) for that property. Anyone living at the property, but whose name is not on the letter, should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
You can also obtain a paper copy of the registration form by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, calling C2C on 029 2087 2087 or emailing the Cardiff electoral registration office at email@example.com
There's a few rules about who can vote, mainly you have to be 18 (you can register at 16, but you can't vote until you're 18) though that may change in future as some parties are looking to lower the voting age to 16. In fact the National Assembly for Wales is holding a consultation on that very issue right now.
It may feel like things never change, that all the parties are the same and it is totally understandable to feel like not bothering with it. But if you don't bother with voting, if you let apathy take over, then it is an absolute certainty that things will never change for the better.
If there's one thing you do today, take five minutes to register to vote.
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