They're not voting because...
- I'm not on the electoral...
I'm not on the electoral register, and have been threatened with a £1000 fine if I register late. There ought to be an armistice in the run-up to an election where anyone who isn't on the register can get on it without this threat.written 7th Apr 2005
Richard replies: Who threatened you? You can register to vote whenever you like. There is no fine or fee whether you register now, tomorrow or never.
What does happen, if you register too near to an election, is that you will not be able to vote in that election under the new registration.
This is simply because electoral rolls have to be printed, cards sent out, etc, a certain period before the election date. If you register too late, you will not appear on the roll and so could not vote in that area. It takes a certain amount of time to organise the paperwork for an election.
But there are no circumstances in which you could be fined for a late registration in the UK.written 7th Apr 2005
Anonymous replies: If you are sent a registration form, and have not completed it by a certain date, you can be fined £1000. When they get around to chasing it up, if ever.
However, if you send in a registration, at any time, they won't fine you for it being late.written 8th Apr 2005