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Why Should I Register to Vote?

It gives you a say on important issues that affect you - from roads and recycling, to education and climate change. It also gives you a say on who represents you in your local council, in the UK Parliament and in Europe If you don't register, you can't vote! - It's as simple as that.

It's easy - print a registration form (opens new window), fill in your details, sign it, and send it back to the address below.

People across the world have died fighting for the right to vote and be part of a democracy. In the UK, less than 100 years ago, people were killed during their struggles to get the vote for women.

Black people were not allowed to vote in South Africa until the end of apartheid in 1994. Today, many people across the world are still denied the right to vote. By voting you are showing your support for people who have had to fight hard for democracy.

How to Register to Vote

Any UK citizen aged over 18 can vote in the general election, but you need to be registered beforehand. Registering to vote is simple and quick. Contact the Electoral Registration Officer for Bradford:

Electoral Services Unit
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
City Hall

Telephone: 01274 432286/7

You can also download a registration form to complete and return it to the address above. Visit Bradford Council's voting and elections web pages (opens new window) for more information.

How to Vote

Voting in Person

Most people vote in person on election day at their local polling station. If you are on the electoral register, you will get a poll card before the election telling you where and when to vote.

Voting by Post

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. To vote by post, you need to be on the electoral register and you need to complete a postal vote application form.

Vote by Proxy

If you are unable to attend a Polling Station either because you have a physical incapacity or because of your occupation or employment or are on holiday, you may appoint another person to vote on your behalf. This is known as a proxy vote.