Voting in elections

The Traveller Movement launched #OperationTravellerVote to ensure Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are registered to vote and most importantly, have their voices heard during elections. 

Watch a short video here about why it's important to vote in the May elections. 

Read a fact sheet here written by the Electoral Commission explaining how you can cast a vote on May 6th. 

Read about Cassie Marie McDonagh's experience of voting for the first time


Why is it important to vote?

Watch a short video about why it's important to vote. 

Are you fed up of poor services in your area? Then you need to stop moaning and vote! Voting gives you a say on important issues that affect you. Everything from roads, leisure centres. and recycling in your area, to health services, education and climate change. You may think you don’t want to vote now, but if something important happens, a big change is proposed or an issue comes up that you want to have your say on, you might wish you were able to vote. Remember, registering to vote doesn’t mean you have to, it just means you can if you want to.

Watch a video by Kate Green MP about why it's important for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers to vote

Who can register to vote?
Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18). British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland ordinarliy resident may also register to vote in UK elections. 

How do you register to vote?

Registering to vote takes around 5 minutes and can be done easily online. https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or ring the electoral office at your local council.


Who can I vote for?
 

Elections are taking place on Thursday 6th MayThe deadline for registering is the 19th April. 

Depending on where you live these are to elect: 

  • Councillors to your local council  
  • A Mayor for your local area 
  • Police and Crime Commissioners 
  • Or if you live in Wales or Scotland, to elect politicians to your government 


Who can vote?

British and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta) can vote at all elections. 
Citizens of the Republic of Ireland who are ordinarily resident in the UK may also vote in UK elections. Those resident in Scotland or Wales may also vote in Scottish Parliamentary or National Assembly for Wales election.

Who should you vote for?
Not sure which party has policies closest to your own? Why not read our handy list of questions for local candidates. 

Write to your local candidate or ask them on twitter (using the #OperationTravellerVote hashtag) and make your voice heard.

Further Information & Resources

Traveller Movement Manifesto
Role Model Poster
OTV Brief
#operationtravellervote Campaign on Twitter
OperationTravellerVote on Facebook
See FAQs for more on registration and voting.
Visit About my vote to find out what you can vote for, how to vote, and how to register.

Operation Black Vote Guide

Track your local MP and keep tabs on what they do on your behalf: TheyWorkForYou 
Contact us: otv@travellermovement.org.uk