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In the same way you have to be in the Lottery to win it you must be registered to vote in order to do so; the way we register to vote has undergone some changes and sadly numbers of the electorate have simply dropped off the radar.
Sometimes that is by choice as voters feel that politics has nothing to offer them but at other times it is just a failure to realise they are not registered.
Students away from home at University in another town are a prime example.
Whatever your politics if you are not registered to vote you have no say in who may form a government to run the country. You will live with the policies a new government makes like it or lump it.
So get out there and vote on May 7 2015 but more importantly make sure you are registered and do that and do so now.
Register My Vote has some useful information about how to register and more.
That website offers a link to Gov UK for you to register.
The process is very simple.
You will need to provide a few details which include your name, previous names, national insurance number, postcode and address.
Once you have completed the form, it is easy and quick to do so, you should receive an email confirmation.
Gov UK will contact your local council for you. If the council need any information they will contact you by your preferred choice telephone, email or post.
But if all the information you have provided is accurate you will be registered to vote.
Simple, quick and painless. It is not linked to any benefits or council taxes as some fear. It is simply a process to get registered to vote.
Opinion: Those of us hoping to remove the Tories from office in May know that all votes matter. It could be a tight race leading to a coalition government but if people turn out to vote it may not be.
These are the very people who by experience know that the Tories and Lib Dems must be ousted from office.
If you do not have an address you do not have a vote.
Be their voice and make sure you are registered to vote then use that vote and wisely.
If not it could be you joining the under-class of British society.
Register to vote here