It’s going to be a busy year of voting, with elections for the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, your local councillors and the Mayor of Liverpool on Thursday 5 May, not to mention the all-important referendum on the European Union on 23rd June.
These are all big changes which could have a huge impact on you, so it’s important to make sure you have your say. To do this, you need to make sure you’re registered to vote by Monday 18 April (the deadline to register before the EU referendum has not yet been set).
Anyone over the age of 18 can vote. This includes British citizens, qualifying Commonwealth citizens (those who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require leave) and citizens of the Republic of Ireland residing in the UK. In Scotland, 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds are now allowed to vote in Scottish elections.
How to register:
You can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote or send a form by post to your local electoral registration office. Paper forms can be found online or from the local electoral registration office – you can find yours here.
You’ll need to provide your name, address, date of birth and nationality. You’ll also need you give your National Insurance Number. If you’re not sure what this is, you’ll be asked to provide proof of your identity and your address.
If you’ve got any more questions on voting click here.