Hey everyone, hope all is well. Just 2 years after the UK had a General election,
and just 1 year after having an EU referendum, the UK’s about to have yet another general
election. And I know what my international viewers will
be thinking: we must really love democracy over here! Who can vote? How does someone vote? Why should I vote? And what resources can I use to make an informed choice? Today I aim to answer all of those questions,
so let’s go! When is the UK general election? It will take place on Thursday, 8th June 2017 Who can vote? You must be at least 18 years of age on election
day. You must be a British citizen, a qualifying
commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland. You must not be subject to any legal incapacity
to vote. And you must be registered to vote. How do you register to vote? Visit gov.uk/register-to-vote and make sure you fill out the online form before Monday, 22nd May 2017. And if you’re not sure if you’re registered
to vote, just do it anyway. It is incredibly quick and easy to do, so
much so that I’m actually going to go through it with you now. Okay, first you click ‘Start now’. Select where you live, your nationality, put
in your date of birth, your full name, your national insurance number, and if you don’t
know what it is, it can be found on payslips or official letters regarding taxes, pensions
or benefits. Put in your postcode and then select your
address from the drop-down menu. State whether you have a second address. Have you permanently moved out of another
address in the last 12 months? Do you want to include your name and address
on the open register? By selecting ‘no’, it doesn’t affect your
right to vote. That’s what i’ll be selecting. Do you want to apply for a postal vote? Not everyone is going to be available to visit
their local polling station on election day, in which case you can vote by post. Are you the only person aged 16 or over living
at this address? Then give contact details incase they have
any other questions about your application. I’ll put my email in. Finally check to make sure all the details
you’ve entered are correct. Scroll to the bottom and click ‘I accept – send
my application’. And you are done! How easy was that? You will then be given a reference number
& confirmation that it is being processed. Now I know there will be some people out there
who don’t want to vote at this election; However i’d recommend that you’d still register
to vote, because by giving yourself the freedom to vote, you don’t take away your freedom
not to either. And you never know what’s going to happen
between now and election day, so why not keep your options open? And if you know anyone eligible to vote who
you think may not have registered yet, then please share this video with them. Next question: How do you vote? There are three ways. Firstly, voting in person, by visiting your
local polling station on election day. Secondly, vote by post. For this you need to apply for postal voting,
which you can do when you register to vote, as discussed in the previous section of this
video. And thirdly, voting by proxy. Fill out the proxy voting application I’ll
link with this video. This is if you are going to be away and need
someone else to vote for you. For more information on how to vote, please
visit yourvotematters.co.uk Why is it important to vote? Whether you like it or not, those who get
elected will have a serious impact on your way of life, from education to the economy,
from security to civil liberties, from the country as a whole to your local communities. Contributing to a high voter turnout makes
our democracy more representative, even if the system we currently have isn’t one we
like, and trust me, I have plenty of issues with the one we’ve currently got. And if you don’t make your voice heard,
then it just gives even more power to those that do. Now you may have seen this before, but I’ve
always adored this particular cartoon about voting. With all that said, I’m not here to tell
you that you must vote, or that if you do vote, this is who you should vote for – that
is entirely your choice. But here are some online resources worth checking
out at ahead of election day that might help you make up your mind: theyworkforyou.com – Here you can find out
who your local MP is, what their voting record is across a variety of topics, their contact
details and much more. This is an excellent website. I highly recommend it. uk.isidewith.com – An online quiz that will
provide you with a great sense of what political parties best represent you. And electoralcommission.org.uk – An independent
body which provides a wide range of information no matter how you wish to partake in this
year’s election. And lastly, some of you may be asking: I’m
not from the UK, what can I do? Sit back, and enjoy the show! There have been plenty of circuses going on
all over the world at the moment, right? But seriously, check it out and why not engage
with some British citizens about it? After all, many of the issues in domestic
politics are in fact global issues, and as the internet has shown us over the years,
there is an awful lot we can learn from each other. With the immense challenges our world faces
at the moment, it has never been more important to be engaged with the political system, or
at least with the issues that they impact. Please click that LIKE button if you’d be
so kind, and share this with anyone you know in the UK who is eligible to vote. And if you are new to this, my name is Myles. Hello! I post videos every week on Facebook and YouTube
on a wide range of topics. I’m always open to your suggestions as well. So be sure to stick around. I’ve got some really great ones coming up
actually and I’ve got some really exciting news to tell you as well, but for now, adios
’til next time!