We’ve teamed up with Bite The Ballot, here’s why! #GeneralElection #TurnUp

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If you’ve been watching our social media then you would have seen that we’ve teamed up with Bite The Ballot as part of their #TURNUP campaign to produce a social video encouraging you to register to have your say by THIS Sunday!

Are you still in two minds about whether to get involved? JME’s recent chinwag with Corbyn did nada for you either? Maybe the below points will help ya!

Why should I vote?

Community – Politics affects your everyday life, whether it’s how much you pay for your travel to the opening hours of your local youth club. The actions carried out by politicians in Westminster always have a trickle down effect to you and your community and this can be both positive or negative. So from ‘lifestyle gangland’, to bank workers to small business owners – you’re all affected!

Music – Politics can affect music culture in different ways. It can affect the business side of music e.g. artists, producers and writers ability to copyright and license their work and the performance side of music e.g. the ability for venues to hold concerts and festivals. It can affect the creative side of music too, from a young age. If the government decide to make cuts to arts and culture, this may mean music programmes will get less funding, which means few spaces or less equipment for young people that want to learn and develop in music. The effect of politics on music culture is not a clear line but the dots can be connected. Furthermore, music has been used time and time again to comment on political and social issues in the country or even locally to which people connect with and therefore by participating in politics people can start change some of the negativity commentary.

How do I register for the General Election 2017?

You can register to vote if you are British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen and aged 16 or over.  However you cannot vote in the general election unless you are aged 18 and over on the 8 June 2017.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 11:59pm on Monday 22 May.  

If you are in England, Scotland and Wales, you can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

To register to vote in Northern Ireland, download the Northern Ireland registration form and return it to your local Area Office. Alternatively, you can register to vote by downloading a paper form and sending the completed version to your local Electoral Registration Office.
Now for the boring (BUT important) part…

How does the voting system work? – General and Local elections

General elections usually occur every five years, unless a ‘snap’ election is called, for example, this year’s General Election. These are elections to elect members to the Parliament to represent you.

The UK is divided into 650 constituencies:

533 in England
59 in Scotland
40 in Wales
18 in Northern Ireland

Each constituency elects a single MP to one of the 650 seats in the House of Commons. MP’s tend to be members of a political party are elected by the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) electoral system.

Voters place an `X’ in the box next to their preferred candidate on the ballot paper. The candidate with the most votes in the constituency wins and becomes the MP. The leader of the party that wins more than half of the seats in the House of Commons becomes Prime Minister and forms a government. If no one party reaches the minimum 326 seats for an overall majority then we have what is called a hung parliament. In the 2010 General Election, no single party won the minimum 326 seats and the Conservative Party had to form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.

To vote in a general election you must be aged 18 or over on the day of the election. You must also be a British, Irish, or Commonwealth citizen.

Local elections usually occur every four years. In these elections voter elect candidates to represent their local area known as wards on the local council. In England, there are 388 local councils and about 20,000 councillors. Depending on where you live you will be able to vote for between one and three candidates. Similar to the general election, voters in England and Wales place an `X’ next to their preferred candidate/s. The candidate with the most votes is elected, and if necessary the candidate with the second highest number of votes is elected, followed by the candidate in the third place.

Some councils in England elect all of their councillors at the same time, whilst others elect half or a third of their councillors at each election.

Councillors in Northern Ireland and Scotland are elected by the Single Transferable Vote electoral system. In these elections voters rank candidates in their preferred order by placing `1’ next to their first choice candidate,`2’ next their second choice candidate and so on.There is no minimum or maximum number of preferences that voters need to mark.

To be elected a candidate must win a certain amount of votes known as quotas. The quotas are calculated according to the number of candidates that need to be elected and the number of votes casted. In the first stage, all the first preference votes are counted and any candidate who has reached this quota is elected. If a candidate has more votes than are needed, that candidate’s votes are transferred to the remaining candidates.  If not enough candidates have reached the quota, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and their second preferences are transferred to other candidates. This process continues until all the seats are filled.

Many parts of England have an additional level of local government: county councils, or district, borough or city councils, which have their own elections.

There are also mayoral elections, devolved assembly elections in London, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well elections to the Scottish Parliament.

There are also Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

To vote in a local council election you must be registered to vote, aged 18 or over on the day of the election in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or aged 16 or over on the day of the election in Scotland. You must also be a British, Irish, Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK.

How do I find out about Political Party manifestos?

The manifestos of the political parties have not been released. However, some of the political parties have a mailing list which will inform you once their manifestos have been launched. Below are links to the websites of the political parties:

 

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