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Get Registered

This entry is pretty-much exclusively aimed at Brits, so apologies in advance for anyone else reading this.
Okay, it’s very likely that there’s going to be a general election this year, and while no official date has been set it looks like it could be May 5th. If that is the date, then it means that, if you’re not already registered to vote, you need to register by Friday 11th March. That’s less than 3 weeks away.

To register, visit the Electoral Commission’s website at, download the form, fill it out and then post it to your local electoral office, the addresses for which are on the site.

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for (certainly not at this stage) but bear in mind that the Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vincent Cable was born in my home town of York and went to the same secondary school as me 🙂 . Even if it may seem that the result of this election is a foregone conclusion, it’s still important that you vote and get your voice heard.


  1. Thanks to Neil’s World – REMINDER TO VOTE

    Thanks to Neil’s World for reminding me to Get Registered to Vote. As he says, it’s very likely that in the UK there IS going to be a general election this year so if you’re in the UK and reading this please do 2 things…

  2. Would this be the Thursday which is actually a Friday?
    > Okay, it’s very likely that there’s going to be a general election this year
    I don’t understand. How can there _maybe_ be a general election. And aren’t general elections every four years (I thought last year was a general election)?
    I’m already registered to vote so I’m fine. I think I’ll have to go all the way to Thornton (a whole 20 minutes on the bus) to vote as that’s where I’m registered.

  3. Yes, it would be. That’s not the first time I’ve referred to the 11th March being a Thursday.
    The ‘maybe’ comes about because the date for the general election has not been set yet – it is the government that decides. May 5th seems to be the most likely candidate but it’s not yet for definite.
    General elections can, as far as I understand, can be called any time within 5 years of that government coming into office – before the 1997 election the last one was in 1992, when John Major was elected. The reason why Blair called one in 2001 was (I think) because he turned 40 in 2002 and didn’t want to appear old to voters. So in theory, the election could be any time between now and June 2006. But I might be wrong.