Hear My Voice

Hear my voice – help shape the future you want for yourself and others

Hear my voice wants to inspire you to speak up and be a part of the decisions that directly affect you.

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The message is clear: "Don't wait for someone else to make changes for the better - make sure your voice is heard so that you can influence those changes yourself.”

You can have a direct voice to the people that make the decisions… you may not be able to change the system but you have the opportunity to change the outcome.

Make sure the people who make the decision Hear Your Voice; register to vote so you can influence your future.

The electoral register is a list of people who have signed up to be able to vote.

You can join that list by registering online or you can download a form and send it to us in the post.  

The legal age for being on the Electoral Register is 16. So even though you can’t vote until you’re 18, your influence begins the moment you join the register.

To have your voice heard and to have your say on who represents you in your local council, in the UK Parliament and in Europe.

One of the candidates will be selected to represent you whether you vote or not, so if you’re registered, you’ll have the chance to have a say on who represents you by voting. Some people are quick to complain when they disagree with politicians, but if you don’t register and don’t vote, you’ll never change anything.

If you don’t vote you can’t influence what happens where you live and work- everything from roads and recycling in your area, to education and climate change. People think that because they are registered for council tax, they are registered to vote but this is not the case.

If you are not on the electoral register:

  • You may find it difficult to get credit for things like a mobile phone contract or a loan.   Credit agencies check the electoral register when deciding on credit applications so if you are not registered you may find it difficult to get credit.
  • You won’t be able to vote in local, national or European elections.
  • You won’t have a say in local or national issues

You can vote for your local member of parliament (MP)

Your MP represents you on national issues such as your local hospital, tax, train fares, age restrictions on things like drinking, driving and voting, education policy and unemployment.  Whichever political party is in power has a massive impact on our lives. In recent history, the UK government has introduced

  • a national minimum wage,
  • the right to paid leave,
  • a ban on discrimination in the workplace.
  • legalised abortion,
  • opened up marriage to homosexual couples,
  • given schools money specifically to assist the least well off pupils. 

You can vote in local elections

It gives you a say on important issues that affect you locally. You can vote for your local representative on your town or parish council and on Cornwall Council.  Local councils have a huge influence and effect on where you live now – whether it is about the number of taxi licences issued; checks on restaurants and cafes; local bus services, libraries and leisure centres, road maintenance or recycling.

You can vote for your Police and Crime Commissioner

They make sure your local police are effective and efficient. If you don’t like how your local police are acting, its your Police and Crime Commissioners job to correct it.

You can vote for MEP’s

They influence what happens in Europe and vote on things like migration, imports and exports, health and safety and international aid.  You need to vote as these decisions affect young people right across Europe.

Referendums

This is a vote to answer a question, not elect a person. There have been and will be referendums on issues including changing the voting system, independence for Wales and Scotland and membership of the European Union.

If you are a student studying away from home, at university or college, you can register in your home town as well as in Cornwall as long as you do not vote twice.

You can find out more information about registering to vote and forthcoming elections on the elections pages.

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.