Black and Asian voters more at risk of missing their chance to vote

Black and Asian voters are being urged to register to vote before the deadline for the May elections. Anyone wanting to vote at the polls on 6 May must be registered by midnight on 19 April.

Research published by the Electoral Commission in 2019 found that one in four black and Asian people in Great Britain were not correctly registered to vote, whereas the average across the population is one in six.

Anyone previously on the register who has recently moved home or whose details have changed will need to register to vote again.

Registration is quick and easy and can be done online at

A person can register to vote in the May elections if they are:

  • aged 18 or over on polling day
  • a British citizen resident in the UK
  • an Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK

Craig Westwood, Director of Communication, Policy and Research at the Electoral Commission, said:

“This May, voters will be going to the polls to have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. Our research shows that black and Asian voters are less likely to be registered to vote.

“You can’t have a say in these elections unless you are registered to vote, which you can do online at It only takes five minutes to register to vote online – time that you might otherwise spend waiting for the kettle to boil or for your dinner to cook. So if you want to make sure your voice is heard, go online and register now.”

Only voters who have registered to vote can have their say in May. Those who wish to vote by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy, must apply to vote in this way, in addition to registering to vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.

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