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5 February, 2015

National Voter Registration Day is here to remind us that we can't vote if we don't register

Voting is an important part of our democracy. If you're not on the electoral register, your voice is not heard. Today, National Voter Registration Day encourages people aged 16 and over to register to vote.

5 Februrary is National Voter Registration Day

Although under-18s cannot vote in most UK elections, they can register to vote from the age of 16. But it is now their own responsibility to register and no longer their head-of-household's. So, if they don't register, they are deprived a say in how their society is run.

General election fever is already gripping the UK. The result is anyone's guess; who knows what our political landscape will look like after 7 May? Who knows what our young people will inherit?

Love or loathe our current democratic system, you don't get a voice in choosing your politicians if you don't cast a vote. 'If you don't register and you don't vote, you're invisible,' say the organisers of National Voter Registration Day. 'Would you write policies for someone you've never met?'

The statutory citizenship curriculum in secondary schools requires students to learn about democracy, voting and elections.

Schools also have a responsibility through SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) to develop 'acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy', as well as 'knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain'.

National Voter Registration Day (#NVRD on social media) is a great opportunity to help young people make sure they are able to vote if and when they want to.

Bite the Ballot, the organisation behind National Voter Registration Day, has provided a bunch of resources to help you.

National Voter Registration Day happens annually in the UK on 5 February.

Not registered to vote? Register now! 

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