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What to do in a snap election?

September 20, 2019 /

There may be a possibility of the UK having a snap general election, so you need to be ready.

A general election is your opportunity to decide who represents you in Parliament and which party governs you.

Now more than ever it is vital that you take action and vote in the general election. With economic uncertainty, cuts to social services, a rise in Islamophobia and increasing censorship over holding Israel to account, it is important that you vote for the right candidate.

The UK has several different political parties with different policies. Find out more about the MP and the political party that represents your constituency.

 


What to do next?

The most important thing to do is registering to vote. This will allow you to vote during an election.

Registering to vote is a one-off quick process ensuring that if an election occurs, you will be able to vote. Without registering you will not be able to vote.

Research

It is important to know exactly what the MP in your constituency believes in. MPs from the same political group have different beliefs on several important topics, so it is important for you to know exactly what your MP believes in.

You can find out about an MP’s voting record on domestic affairs, welfare and benefits and foreign policy here.

Educate others

It is important that we educate others about the importance of registering to vote for a real change to come about.

This can be done by sending an email with a link to the register to vote website to your friends and family, posting on social media about the importance of registering to vote and holding community meetings and with local organisations, encouraging them to register to vote.

Voting

It is important that you must vote and encourage others to vote once voting is open.

There are there different ways you can vote.

  1. In person

On the day of general election, you can vote in a polling station in you local area. Most polling stations are in local buildings such as schools and community halls. You will find information about where and when to vote on the poll card you will receive once you’ve registered to vote.

Polling stations are open from 7am -1opm.

2. By post

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply for a postal vote once you are register to vote. You do not need to provide a reason for voting by post.

All you need to do is fill a postal vote application form which is available from your local electoral registration office.

3. By Proxy

You can vote by proxy, meaning that you can choose somebody you trust to vote on your behalf. This means you can vote by proxy if you are abroad or fall ill on election day.

Anyone over 18 can apply for a proxy vote once you are registered to vote, but you will need to provide a reason for this.

Click here to find out more about voting.

 

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