Today is National Voter Registration Day and it is more important than ever to make sure everyone who has a chance to vote is signed up. The recent move to individual electoral registration has meant that although 90% of people were automatically switched to the new system, millions could potentially miss out on their vote, particularly students, those living in private rented accommodation or have moved recently.
For over 100 years, the WEA has encouraged generations of students and volunteers to become active citizens in their communities. This is part of our mission for ‘a better world – equal, democratic and just’. If you know of any member of your family or friends who might need to register, make sure you remind them today.
If you would like to register, you can visit the online government portal at here – it only takes five minutes but you will need a national insurance number. If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to vote, please download the Electoral Commission guidance here.
National Voter Registration Day is an important part of our efforts to increase political literacy throughout the UK.
Through the WEA’s community engagement education, we seek to combat social exclusion and promote active citizenship.
Working with socially and economically disadvantaged adults along with members of marginalised communities, the WEA runs courses to help students appreciate political and social issues. Our active citizenship programmes encourage greater participation in democratic decision-making while our community volunteering courses empower students to take a stronger role in civil society.
As a non-party political charity, we do not promote a particular party political view – our role is to help people understand the issues for themselves so they can make their own informed choices. To find out more about our work in promoting active citizenship to help reduce inequality and promote social mobility, social justice and inclusion, please visit our Why Vote? – Deciding Locally pages.
Our democracy is precious and each vote can make a difference. Please make sure you, your family and your friends can make your voice heard at the next election.