Do I get fined for not voting?

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LilGoat7
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Hi guys, I applied for the electoral register a year ago since I was planning to apply for a credit card, I did this voluntarily. The London mayor election is today but unfortunately it isn’t feasible for me to vote since the nearest polling station is quite far and I have got 2 appointments today. My friend told me that I would be fined if I’m on the electoral register (which I am) but don’t vote, can someone please confirm this? I haven’t found anything on the gov.uk website that answers my question. Thanks!
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This is absolutely false. Don't worry about it.
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(Original post by Nagromicous)
This is absolutely false. Don't worry about it.
Could you please show me any evidence? I promise you that I believe you, I’d just like further confirmation if that’s ok
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Could you please show me any evidence? I promise you that I believe you, I’d just like further confirmation if that’s ok
Look here: https://www.gov.uk/electoral-register

You can get fined for not registering to vote if you are required to, but the UK does not operate a compulsory voting system.
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Not in the UK.
The UK does not have compulsory voting laws.
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I haven't voted in the past 6 years..
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Could you please show me any evidence? I promise you that I believe you, I’d just like further confirmation if that’s ok
Polling stations are open until 10pm.

To answer your question though, I have not voted in a couple of elections in the past and have not received a fine.
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(Original post by LilGoat7)
Hi guys, I applied for the electoral register a year ago since I was planning to apply for a credit card, I did this voluntarily. The London mayor election is today but unfortunately it isn’t feasible for me to vote since the nearest polling station is quite far and I have got 2 appointments today. My friend told me that I would be fined if I’m on the electoral register (which I am) but don’t vote, can someone please confirm this? I haven’t found anything on the gov.uk website that answers my question. Thanks!
You won't get fined for not voting in a UK election, your friend might be geting confused with how they do things in Australia or from the recent Census (which you can be fined for if you don't fill it in).
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