Mark Tami MP encourages people to register to vote

Mark Tami MP for Alyn & Deeside is encouraging people to register to vote on the anniversary of the Great Reform Act.

On the 5th of February 1832, the Great Reform Act introduced voter registration for the very first time. Then, the number of eligible voters in a borough varied from six to 12,000, with the selection of some Members of Parliament controlled by one person.

Mark Tami MP said, ‘It is very important to highlight that in order to be able to vote you have to be registered first. Sadly not enough people realise this and when it comes to voting day they find out that they are not registered so therefore cannot vote.’

At the moment, only half of all young people are registered to vote. Certain groups are disproportionately under-represented. Only 56% of people living in private rented homes are registered. Nearly half of those not registered to vote mistakenly believe that they are.

The electoral register performs a hugely important civic function. You can only vote, and choose the politicians who represent you, if you are on the register.  It also ensures citizens are properly counted for the drawing of political boundaries – by ward and constituency – meaning the voice of Alyn & Deeside is heard. For our criminal justice system, the register enables selection for jury service.

From next year, each individual will have to register, rather than the traditional method of a household survey. To register and to ensure you have a voice, simply visit AboutmyVote.co.uk, or contact Flintshire County Council.