Why do I get an £80 fine if I dont register to vote? Watch

Popsiclez
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#1
Im 18 and just got a letter saying I have to register to vote or I get fined. That seems like a bit of an over reaction to me, and they've only given me 2 days to do it, how do they enforce this fine anyway? What if I didnt have the 80 pounds?

No answer is an answer and obviously I couldnt care less about voting.
1
reply
Reality Check
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#2
Report 3 weeks ago
#2
(Original post by Popsiclez)
Im 18 and just got a letter saying I have to register to vote or I get fined. That seems like a bit of an over reaction to me, and they've only given me 2 days to do it, how do they enforce this fine anyway? What if I didnt have the 80 pounds?

No answer is an answer and obviously I couldnt care less about voting.
We don't have mandatory voting in this country. But every household has to fill in the Household Enquiry Form every year, which ask questions about who is eligible to vote, but this form is not a 'mandatory voting form' .
Last edited by Reality Check; 3 weeks ago
0
reply
Popsiclez
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#3
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#3
(Original post by Reality Check)
We don't have mandatory voting in this country. But every household has to fill in the Household Enquiry Form every year, which ask questions about who is eligible to vote, but this form is not a 'mandatory voting form' .
Then what's the purpose of this letter? Do they send everyone threats in the mail just cause?
0
reply
returnmigrant
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#4
Report 3 weeks ago
#4
If you live in the UK this is a fake letter.
No-one gets fined for not voting or not registering to vote here.

However, if you are not registered to vote ..... do it.
Its online, and very easy : https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

This election is important, and as someone too young to vote in the referendum, your vote matters.
Remember, anyone not voting has no right to complain about anything that happens next.
3
reply
Reality Check
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#5
Report 3 weeks ago
#5
(Original post by Popsiclez)
Then what's the purpose of this letter? Do they send everyone threats in the mail just cause?
There is a legal requirement to complete this form - the legislation is Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001, which grants local authorities the power require that information be given and penalties enforced for non-compliance. However, it's exceptionally rare for this to happen - mainly because people just fill it in. Like you should...
0
reply
Good bloke
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#6
Report 3 weeks ago
#6
(Original post by Popsiclez)
they've only given me 2 days to do it,
Well, no. You have had the whole period between moving into your current address or turned 17 to do it, rather longer than two days.
0
reply
ArsenalFCman
Badges: 5
Rep:
?
#7
Report 3 weeks ago
#7
Because your not living in a democracy.
3
reply
Reality Check
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#8
Report 3 weeks ago
#8
(Original post by ArsenalFCman)
Because your not living in a democracy.
Umm, it's actually the exact opposite of this. :facepalm:

It's because we live in a democracy that Electoral Services need to know who is eligible to vote so that people can exercise their democratic right.
6
reply
Bio 7
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#9
Report 3 weeks ago
#9
(Original post by returnmigrant)
If you live in the UK this is a fake letter.
No-one gets fined for not voting or not registering to vote here.

However, if you are not registered to vote ..... do it.
Its online, and very easy : https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

This election is important, and as someone too young to vote in the referendum, your vote matters.
Remember, anyone not voting has no right to complain about anything that happens next.
Not voting because you don't like the options is also valid and you can still complain.
2
reply
Drewski
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#10
Report 3 weeks ago
#10
It's not hard to fill out a form.

You're completely free to not vote
1
reply
ArsenalFCman
Badges: 5
Rep:
?
#11
Report 3 weeks ago
#11
(Original post by Reality Check)
Umm, it's actually the exact opposite of this. :facepalm:

It's because we live in a democracy that Electoral Services need to know who is eligible to vote so that people can exercise their democratic right.
I was talking about the £80 side of things... And any forced filling of forms.
0
reply
ArsenalFCman
Badges: 5
Rep:
?
#12
Report 3 weeks ago
#12
(Original post by Drewski)
You're talking out of your arse, you mean
No, I'm not a politician or a pharmacist.
0
reply
Andrew97
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#13
Report 3 weeks ago
#13
Being registered to vote doesn’t mean you actually have to vote.
0
reply
Popsiclez
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#14
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#14
(Original post by Andrew97)
Being registered to vote doesn’t mean you actually have to vote.
If that's the case why is registering compulsory. They want me to just register, just to not vote?
0
reply
Drewski
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#15
Report 3 weeks ago
#15
(Original post by Popsiclez)
If that's the case why is registering compulsory. They want me to just register, just to not vote?
So they know who lives there.
0
reply
Popsiclez
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#16
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#16
(Original post by Drewski)
So they know who lives there.
-At my inconvenience, great
0
reply
Napp
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#17
Report 3 weeks ago
#17
(Original post by ArsenalFCman)
I was talking about the £80 side of things... And any forced filling of forms.
Not sure what a fine has to do with not being a democracy...
Oh its a bloody form, do grow a pair.
(Original post by Popsiclez)
-At my inconvenience, great
I'm inclined to agree with Drewski's assessment of your time...
1
reply
ArsenalFCman
Badges: 5
Rep:
?
#18
Report 3 weeks ago
#18
(Original post by Napp)
Not sure what a fine has to do with not being a democracy...
Oh its a bloody form, do grow a pair.

I'm inclined to agree with Drewski's assessment of your time...
I've got a huge pair thank you very much. Woman complement me often.
0
reply
Napp
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#19
Report 3 weeks ago
#19
(Original post by ArsenalFCman)
I've got a huge pair thank you very much. Woman complement me often.
Pahahaha.
The fact you need to attempt to make that claim rather undercuts you..
1
reply
Reality Check
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#20
Report 3 weeks ago
#20
(Original post by ArsenalFCman)
I've got a huge pair thank you very much. Woman complement me often.
Your mum doesn't count

It's just bants
2
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Do you work while at uni?

Yes I work at university (21)
43.75%
No I don't (18)
37.5%
I work during the holidays (9)
18.75%

Watched Threads

View All