Why was I sent a letter after my 17th birthday ordering me to register to vote?

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This happened seven months ago but I am still somewhat confused by this. I understand that compulsory registration plays an important role in combatting electoral fraud, but I wonder if the letter was sent by mistake as the voting age is 18 and I'm currently 17.It also threatened me with an eighty pound fine if I didn't register, which is absurd as I'm a full time secondary school student meaning that I'm not even earning any money yet.
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This happened seven months ago but I am still somewhat confused by this. I understand that compulsory registration plays an important role in combatting electoral fraud, but I wonder if the letter was sent by mistake as the voting age is 18 and I'm currently 17.It also threatened me with an eighty pound fine if I didn't register, which is absurd as I'm a full time secondary school student meaning that I'm not even earning any money yet.
No, if i remember correctly i signed to add my name at 16. By not registering you end up doing your credit rating harm so why not do it
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I had a letter making me register to vote when I turned 16. I ignored it several times until about 5 months later when I realised that the letter said that they would fine me if I didn't register :lol:

In that process of registering, I realised I didn't know my NI number, had to get that sent to me again because I must have thrown away the letter without really looking at it because I didn't think it was important :rolleyes: I then had to register, without my NI number, then I got a letter just asking for my NI number, then another asking me to register. Again.
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No, if i remember correctly i signed to add my name at 16. By not registering you end up doing your credit rating harm so why not do it
I'm still confused as to why they make you do it at 16/17 when the voting age is 18.
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I'm still confused as to why they make you do it at 16/17 when the voting age is 18.
So that people get it sorted in plenty of time.
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This happened seven months ago but I am still somewhat confused by this. I understand that compulsory registration plays an important role in combatting electoral fraud, but I wonder if the letter was sent by mistake as the voting age is 18 and I'm currently 17.It also threatened me with an eighty pound fine if I didn't register, which is absurd as I'm a full time secondary school student meaning that I'm not even earning any money yet.
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So that people get it sorted in plenty of time.
This is correct. You can register to vote before turning 18. However, you will not be able to actually vote until you are 18. I was also 16 when I registered.
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No, if i remember correctly i signed to add my name at 16. By not registering you end up doing your credit rating harm so why not do it
It affects your credit rating?!? :afraid:
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It affects your credit rating?!? :afraid:
Well it's supposedly not good for getting credit if you aren't on the electoral roll
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I had a letter making me register to vote when I turned 16. I ignored it several times until about 5 months later when I realised that the letter said that they would fine me if I didn't register :lol:

In that process of registering, I realised I didn't know my NI number, had to get that sent to me again because I must have thrown away the letter without really looking at it because I didn't think it was important :rolleyes: I then had to register, without my NI number, then I got a letter just asking for my NI number, then another asking me to register. Again.
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What has your national insurance number have to do with voting? It's used for when you get a job or claim benefits etc. I never got a letter forcing me to register. I voluntarily registered but I've never voted so it was pointless. The fine thing must be new or a scam (phone the number on the letter to make sure it's legit or not)

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The fine thing must be new or a scam (phone the number on the letter to make sure it's legit or not)

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It's not new. And it's not a scam.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18179075


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I'm 17 and I'm not earning any money yet. Had I decided to be foolish and ignored the letter, who would have paid the fine? I'm just talking about hypothetical scenarios here; I did indeed register.
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I'm confused. I don't remember getting asked to register to vote until I was 18 and I certainly don't remember being threatened with a fine if I didn't. That was 2011 though if something has changed since. If registering to vote is compulsory, then how come so many hadn't before the referendum vote?
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I'm 17 and I'm not earning any money yet. Had I decided to be foolish and ignored the letter, who would have paid the fine? I'm just talking about hypothetical scenarios here; I did indeed register.
You would. Same as if you were a driver and get a speeding ticket. U18s aren't immune...
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What has your national insurance number have to do with voting? It's used for when you get a job or claim benefits etc. I never got a letter forcing me to register. I voluntarily registered but I've never voted so it was pointless. The fine thing must be new or a scam (phone the number on the letter to make sure it's legit or not)

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No, it was definitely legit
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This happened seven months ago but I am still somewhat confused by this. I understand that compulsory registration plays an important role in combatting electoral fraud, but I wonder if the letter was sent by mistake as the voting age is 18 and I'm currently 17.It also threatened me with an eighty pound fine if I didn't register, which is absurd as I'm a full time secondary school student meaning that I'm not even earning any money yet.
Rhe law does not care how much you are earning,
If you parked in a yellow line, you can't say I don't earn enough to pay...lol
It's the law to register to vote....whether you vote of not is your prerogative.
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No, it was definitely legit
Of course it is legit....you don't just register to vote the day you turn 18, suppose there is an election that day.
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They force you to register to vote so they can track you down more easily if they decide you owe them money.

]Outside of elections the voter registry is a nice debt-chasing tool.

As an example on the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, tons of Scots registered to vote or updated their information, and found themselves chased for fines/debts.
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They force you to register to vote so they can track you down more easily if they decide you owe them money.

]Outside of elections the voter registry is a nice debt-chasing tool.

As an example on the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, tons of Scots registered to vote or updated their information, and found themselves chased for fines/debts.
That they had incurred and therefore should pay...
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That they had incurred and therefore should pay...
If voter registration is compulsory, where do the news stories about 'last minute rushes from younger voter to vote for the EU referendum' come from? They wouldn't have rushed it if they were sent letters before they turned 18 ordering them to register to vote (like I was).
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That they had incurred and therefore should pay...
Just the messenger, buddy.
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