Get on the electoral roll and make your voice heard

By Joe Gardiner
Apr 13th 2016

One in six Londoners risks not having a voice in the upcoming mayoral elections. With just five days until the 18 April deadline for voter registration, nearly one million people living in the capital who are old enough to vote are not on the electoral roll. LondonSquared_ElectoralRoll Voiceless: The percentage of unregistered eligible voters in each London borough (London Squared map original design ©After the Flood 2015) Tory-controlled Westminster & Chelsea and Kensington have the greatest proportion of residents without a vote, while the City and Havering, which are under no overall control, have the lowest percentage of people who are yet to register on the electoral roll. Overall, it's the Conservative-controlled boroughs that have the greatest proportion of people who'll miss out on voting; an average of 16.4%, compared to 14.6% for Labour-controlled boroughs. And there's a geographical divide, too. South of the river the average percentage of people not on the electoral roll is 11.6%, whereas it is 16% north of the Thames. At we recognise the importance of being on the electoral roll, it not only ensures that you have a say in who runs your city, but it is also one of the first steps you should take to start to build a good credit history. You can register to vote online. Do it soon – you have until 18 April 2016 if you want a say in who becomes London Mayor.   Sources Voting Age Population: ONS. Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, June 2014. Registered Voters: ONS. Electoral Statistics for UK, Dec 2015.