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Elections and Voting

This is where you can find out all about elections and voting.

In England we have a system of democracy where everyone can cast a vote and take part in:

  • UK elections for MPs to the UK Parliament,
  • European Elections for MEPS to the European Parliament,
  • Local Elections for councillors to the local council, and
  • The election of the Police and Crime commissioner where you live.

Sometimes, we hold a referendum for bigger decisions that need to be made.  Examples of this are Scotland’s independence referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom or to stay, and the referendum in June 2016 on whether to remain in the European Union or to leave.

Register to vote

If you don’t register, you can’t vote.  Contact Newcastle City Council to find out if you are eligible to vote and to ask about joining the Electoral Register.  You can also find out about the differences between the Full Register and the Open Register.

Staying on the register to vote

The council conducts and annual canvass of electors.  Everyone is responsible for registering themselves to vote each time.  You cannot rely on one member of your household to register everyone who lives there.  You must register to vote each year so that you don’t miss an opportunity to vote.

The Electoral Commission produced an easy read booklet about how to vote and why it’s important to vote

Speaking Up is an organisation which has been supported by the Electoral Commission to encourage people with learning disabilities to gain a better understanding of politics, become active citizens and register to vote.  See their video called Promote the Vote here.

Find out about Local Elections in Newcastle here.

Mencap has produced another easy read booklet called Get My Vote which you can read here 

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