Use your Vote

…it all adds up!

How can I register to vote? You can apply to add your name to the Register of Electors at any time throughout the year.

Electoral Services also conduct an annual electoral registration canvass of all residential properties in Monmouthshire between September and the end of November each year.

If you move house, you will need to register at your new address. You can contact Electoral Services if you would like a form sent in the post.

Anonymous registration It is now possible for certain vulnerable electors to register anonymously. Electors who feel that their safety may be at risk by registering in the normal way should contact the Electoral Registration Office for further information.

Why should you register? You are required to do so by law. If you do not register, then you cannot exercise your right to vote in any election or referendum and it is much harder to obtain credit if you are not on the Register of Electors.

Reasons why you should register

  1. It gives you a say on important issues that affect you
  2. If you don’t register, you can’t vote!
  3. It gives you a say on who represents you in your local council, National Assembly, in the UK Parliament and in Europe
  4. Elections can be called at short notice, and if you’re not registered you won’t be able to vote
  5. If you’re a student living away from home, you can register twice
  6. Across the world people have died fighting for the right to vote and be part of a democracy
  7. Because it’s easier than you think!

The different ways of making your vote count:

  • at the polling station – very straightforward and there are members of staff available to help
  • postal vote – an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station
  • proxy voting – if you are unable to get to the polling station you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf

Don’t lose your vote…

If you will be away on polling day, at work or on holiday, are physically unable or just don’t have the time to get to a polling station to vote in person, you can still exercise your democratic right to vote. You may have moved house since the electoral register was drawn up and have not yet joined the register at your new address. You can choose either to vote by post or to appoint someone else – a proxy – to vote on your behalf.

To find out more about voting by post, please visit the Government’s official site at:

https://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/voting-by-post

From this site, you can download an application form to vote by post. Simply print the form out, complete the details and send it to the local Electoral Registration Officer at the local council’s offices.

Your Electoral Registration Office

Monmouthshire County Council

The Electoral Registration Officer
Elections Office
The Rhadyr
Usk
NP15 1GA
 
Telephone: 01633 644212
 
 
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