Voting in elections

The Traveller Movement launched #OperationTravellerVote to ensure Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are registered to vote and most importantly, have their voices heard during elections. 

Read about Cassie Marie McDonagh's experience of voting for the first time

Why is it important to vote?
Are you fed up of poor services in your area? Then you need to stop moaning and vote! Voting gives you a say on important issues that affect you. Everything from roads and recycling in your area, health services to education and climate change. You may think you don’t want to vote now, but if an issue comes up that you want to have your say on, if you’re on the register you’ll have the chance to vote on it. Remember, registering to vote doesn’t mean you have to, it just means you can if you want to.

Watch a video by Kate Green MP about why it's important for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers to vote

Who can register to vote?
Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18). British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.

How do you register to vote?
Registering to vote takes around 5 minutes and can be done easily online. 

Who can vote?
British, Irish and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta) can vote at all elections. Citizens of other EU member states resident in the UK can vote in local government elections but cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections. That resident in Scotland or Wales may also vote in Scottish Parliamentary or National Assembly for Wales election.

Who should you vote for?
Not sure which party has policies closest to your own? Why not read our handy manifesto guide which breaks down each of the main parties’ promises into handy categories. We have come up with six key questions to ask your candidates, and a short briefing to explain why these changes are needed! Write to your local candidate or ask them on twitter (using the #OperationTravellerVote hashtag) and make your voice heard.

Further Information & Resources

Traveller Movement Manifesto
Role Model Poster
OTV Brief
#operationtravellervote Campaign on Twitter
OperationTravellerVote on Facebook
Guide to the general elections in 60 seconds on the Parliament website.

See FAQs for more on registration and voting.
Visit About my vote to find out what you can vote for, how to vote, and how to register.
Visit the Electoral Commission website
Operation Black Vote Guide

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