Young voters guide
Young Voters guide
Turning 18 brings with it new rights and responsibilities, including being eligible to vote for the first time.
By registering to vote, you will get an important say on your future. Having reached 18, there's no better way to change things.
Once registered, you will be able to vote at Local Government, European and Parliamentary elections.
Find out more about registering your vote and how the elections process works:
Popvox is a special newspaper sent out by Parliament, to teenagers on their 18th birthday to remind them about this milestone.
Each copy tells you how important your vote could be in the next general election, highlighting the real difference that millions of first time voters will make.
It has information about how to register and vote, how to find out more about candidates and loads about the role of the UK Parliament.
Visit UK Parliament: Popvox to read popvox online.
Parliament's education website has heaps of information resources about how laws are made, the history of Parliament, games and much more.
Visit UK Parliament: Education for more information.
What is Parliament?
Parliament is an essential part of UK politics.
The main work of Parliament is to make laws, debate topical issues and look at how our taxes are spent to help run the country. Its main roles are:
- Examining and challenging the work of the government (scrutiny)
- Debating and passing all laws (legislation)
- Enabling the government to raise taxes
The issues that are discussed in Parliament affect us all:
- the environment
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