Young peoples guide to voting
Once you are 18 you become eligible to vote for the first time.
To be able to vote your name must be on the Register of Electors. You need to make sure your name is added to the Annual Canvass form that is delivered to your home each year if you are still living with your family or complete the one delivered to you in your own home.
Why should I register to vote?
Voting gives you your say on National and Local matters, if you are not registered to vote you cannot have a say on isssues that matter to you.
For a Parliamentary Election you are voting to elect a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Rutland and Melton Parliamentary Constituency. This person represents you and your views in Parliament at the House of Commons in London.
The main work of Parliament is to make laws, debate topical issues and look at how our taxes are spent to run the country. Issues that are discussed in Parliament affect us all on national and local levels. These issues cover:-
- Schools and Education
The current MP for the Rutland and Melton Constituency is Alan Duncan. The constituency covers all of the Borough of Melton, all of Rutland County Council and part of the Harborough District Council areas with an electorate of over 79,000.