Help register people to vote in the May 2021 election
Local elections for 2021 across the United Kingdom are fast approaching. It is vital for Citizens leaders to organise together for high voter turnout.
Elections currently scheduled to take place this year in May include local councils, 13 directly elected Mayors and 40 Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales. There will also be elections in the Parliaments and Assemblies of Scotland, Wales and London.
"So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact." Dr Martin Luther King, 1965
With many of these elections having already been delayed by a year, and with lockdown restrictions looking likely to stay in place across the UK for March and April, we need to organise effectively to minimise the risk of low voter turnout.
Citizens UK leaders have some exciting and important work to do - we need to help inform people of their right to vote.
And in Wales 16 and 17 year olds will be eligible to vote for the first time this year, so maybe you want to make sure they know how to!
Perhaps you are involved in one of Citizens UK's campaigns on tackling hate crime, and want to encourage high turnout for Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Or maybe you know that building political engagement is key for growing relational power around common self-interests.
Key facts and figures
- Electoral Commission estimates up to 9.4 million eligible voters were missing from electoral roll in 2019, and that they had found evidence of 'overwhelming support' for automatic voter registration.
- The UEA report confirms that those aged over 65 are 69% more likely to be registered to vote than those aged 16-17, and also cites some more troubling statistics, such as white people being approximately 10% more likely to be registered than those from Black or Asian communities.
How you can get involved
**Coming Soon - A special voting hub canivote.org.uk will be launched mid-March. Please sign up above to be the first to hear about this.