Dear Member,

To vote in general elections you need to be on the electoral register. To be on the electoral register, you need to register at least 12 working days before an election. So, to vote in the upcoming general election on 12 December, the deadline is 23:59 GMT on Tuesday, 26 November.

You can be sure that people with views you don’t agree with will be on the electoral register, and they will be casting their vote when the time comes. So, to make sure you have a voice on issues such as workers’ rights, the NHS, homelessness / food banks, the Climate Emergency just to name a few, make sure you are registered to vote.

To get on the electoral register, or to change your details, usually takes about 5 minutes. You can do that here:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Postal votes

Postal votes are an essential way to boost turnout in the general election on 12 December.

The deadline to apply to vote by post in England, Scotland and Wales is Tuesday, 26 November. The paper application form must be with the local electoral registration office by 5pm on that day. Applications need to be posted this week to be sure they get there on time. More information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote

So, the most important thing you can do this week is register to vote (if you haven’t already done so) and then encourage members and colleagues to do the same!

In solidarity,

Branch Committee.