VOTE
"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote"- George Jean Nathan | VOTE by Theresa Thompson, on Flickr

UPDATE Mon 16th April 2012 – You now have just TWO days left to register to vote. You must do this before Wednesday 18th April. See article for details.

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If you’re a Birmingham resident and you’re not registered to vote, you have just 17 days left to do it! If you’ve recently moved or turned 18, make sure you’re on the electoral register by visiting the Birmingham City Council website or calling the elections office on 0121 303 2731 before 18th April 2012. If you need to change details of an existing postal vote or proxy, you should also do so before this date.

Important dates for securing your vote:

Deadline for applications to be included on the register in order to vote in the election:
Not later than – Wednesday 18 April 2012

Last day for requests for a new postal vote or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment:
Not later than 5 pm on – Wednesday 18 April 2012

Last day for new applications to vote by proxy:
Not later than 5 pm on – Wednesday 25 April 2012

First day of requests to replace lost postal ballot papers
Friday 27 April 2012

Last day for new applications to vote by proxy (at a particular election) on grounds of medical emergency:
Not later than 5 pm on – Thursday 3 May 2012

Last day to issue replacement spoilt or lost postal ballot papers:
Not later than 5 pm on – Thursday 3 May 2012

Polling Day (7 am to 10 pm)
Thursday 3 May 2012

So, are you registered, baby?!

Visit the BCC page on HOW TO REGISTER to vote or call the Elections Office on 0121 303 2731

Finally, I’m going to reproduce (again!) here part of a blog post I wrote back in 2009 on a personal blog about a lady who inspired me to never fail to vote again!

[…]As I sat there, an elderly lady came out of the part of the building where the polls were being conducted. I saw her, then carried on messing with my mobile phone: tweeting or somesuch nonesense! Five minutes later, I looked up and this lady had advanced no further than 5 metres or so towards me, her mobility was so much of an effort. (*NB. All distances are estimated and I’m rubbish at estimating distance! Just take it as read that she was very, very slow!)

I went to her and asked if she was okay or would she like any help? She was trying to the exit the car park: 20 metres up a steep slope across the busy entrance. She said she was all right but it would be nice if I would lend her an arm. It took us 15 minutes to walk that 20 metres. […] Her next pitstop was the supermarket 100+ metres away! She wouldn’t let me help her any further and insisted on slowly, independently making her way off to do her shopping.

Whilst walking with this lovely lady, we chatted. She was proud to have used her vote. She would have done anything to make sure it wasn’t wasted. She felt it was the single most important thing she had done for months.

So, in future, in respect for this anonymous stranger & the thousands of other people, both reknowned & unknown, who have struggled for my right to vote in democratic elections, I will never neglect to use my vote again.

Visit the BCC page on HOW TO REGISTER to vote or call the Elections Office on 0121 303 2731

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