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Get involved: voting in a general election

This short video explains how a general election works in nearly 60 Seconds, using the first past the post system.
In the final steps of this course we will look at some other opportunities for the public to input and have their say in the work of Parliament.

Voting in a general election

This short video explains how a general election works in nearly 60 Seconds, using the first-past-the-post system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Voting is your chance to have a say in who makes decisions and how you think the UK should be run.
You can register to vote if you are:
  • 16 years old or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18 years old)
  • A British citizen
  • An Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK.

How would you like to see voting evolve in the future?

Would you lower the voting age?
Use new technologies for online voting?
Or make it easier for people to vote, perhaps with weekend voting or voting at any polling station?
What would you do?
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Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public Participation

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