Vote 2024 - register online before midnight 18/06/24


If eligible adults register online today, (Tuesday 18th June 2024), before midnight, via the GOV.UK website - they may vote in the General Election - 4th July 2024. 

The guidance suggests it should take most people about 5 minutes to register to vote online (during the registration process you say by which method you intend to vote in the Election).

It is said to be quickest if you go have your National Insurance number with you (to enter / input) as you register online. 

(Although, there is guidance to say you can still register to vote if that National Insurance number access is a problem for you / you do not have one). 

There are other ways to register to vote mentioned on that webpage too.

You can also find an Easy Read guide near the bottom of the page, under the heading "Getting help registering". 

(I don't usually make use of Easy Read documents - yet, when I had a look at it - I thought it seemed helpful - not least, to manage your thoughts and expectations beforehand).

MY COMMENT (ALL Party Political Politics Aside):

I believe it is vital for all Autistic adults, across all decades of adulthood, to have their own views, needs and outlooks: better, more readily, and more accurately represented in our Government / Parliament. 

One way to influence that is to register to vote ...and then place (cast / make) your vote in Elections. 

I encourage: use your vote to be counted and heard!

While this is not intended to spark a political discussion thread, I do recall my Late Grandfather's explanation, (to eight year old me), that, in his view; voting in Elections is a citizen's civic duty.

... maybe, you have had "register to vote" on your good intentions "to do list".  (Moved house since the last Election and have yet to update your details?).

... however, you might have realised that you have yet to get around to doing so?

"Action This Day!".

  • You're advising people to rely on the goodwill of strangers to let them off something that could destroy their life. That's dangerous.

  • Meltdowns from being in an unfamiliar environment leading to burnout that could take months or years to recover from. No income if you're self employed, potentially leading to homelessness.

    I would not want to be tried by jury. I do not agree with the system. I would rather be judged by a professional.

    I'm aware that in theory you can be let off but my experience of actually trying to get reasonable adjustments for autism is that people just say no and if you don't have the resources to take them to court there's nothing you can do about it.

    The chance of being called for jury duty, which could destroy my life through prolonged burnout, is statistically higher than the chance of my preferred party losing the election by a single vote.

  • The likelihood of you being recalled is pretty slim and if you have an ongoing condition like IBS or autism then they'll excuse you again. They like to pretend it's all more difficult than it actually is, but clerks of court tend to be quite understanding as it's up to them to make sure the trial runs smoothly.

    I agree that renumeration is something that needs looking at, especially if one is self employed, although not all employers are that happy about it either. Everyone imagines that a trial will take weeks or months, but the vast majority take a few days or a couple of weeks at most. It's only the really big trials reported on the news that can take weeks or months, I think this skews the way we think of jury service. You could easily sit on a trial lasting a day or two and then be discharged for ever.

  • Like I say you can decline to do jury service

    It appears it is not as simple as this:

    If it’s not possible for you to do jury service in the next 12 months, you can ask to be excused. You’ll only be allowed to do this in exceptional circumstances,

    The general theme there is it will be rescheduled, not cancelled.

  • Hi Side-Winder,

    Just to be clear, there are no rules against discussion of politics, news, current events etc on the NAS community.

    There have been times when moderators have to remove posts or lock threads on political subjects, but when we do it's generally because there have been posts that violate rule 5 or rule 7 of the community rules - - those are the rules against personal insults/abuse of other members, and against hate speech or discrimination. Discussions of news and politics that doesn't break those rules (or any other community rules) is fine!


  • Like I say you can decline to do jury service, I wasn't asked for medical evidence, most trials last days rather than weeks. I'm sure you could use autism as an excuse not to serve if you really wanted too, but I think thats a bit of a cop out really.

  • Why is jury service a '..risk..'?

    If you are self employed then it can lead to weeks without income other than the pittance they give for a daily allowance.

    If you contract for an company via the self employed route then the company can drop you, leading to you effectively losing your job.

    These are the practical aspects never mind the prospect of being stuck with a bunch of strangers arguing for weeks over the merits of a case. This would be a vision of hell for many of us.

  • Why is jury service a '..risk..'? We all have a right to be tried by a jury of our peers, that's all of us ordinary people with all our flaws, preconceptions, joy and goodwill, if you were accused of a crime would you not like an autistic person on your jury, someone who understand the way autistic people think? Most people who are called will sit on a fairly mundane trial lasting 2 or 3 days, obviously there are some high profile ones, but they're few and far between. You can recuse yourself from jury service if sellected, I did, it's all part of the form you get asking you to attend, you simply write your reasons for being able to attend and the Clerk of the Court lets you off. I told them that I have IBS and when I have to go, I need to go and that I didn't think the judge would like it if I was bobbing up and down to use the toilet, I would of liked to do jury duty, I think it would be interesting, my Dad did it and found it fascinating.

    I think many people are more familair with the American jury and court system than the British one, most though tv drama and live trials, British courts are very different to American ones.

    I think it would be a shame to put off of voting because of fear of something that may never happen, not everyone is called and is easy to get out of with good reason.

  • Be aware that registering to vote puts you at risk of being called for jury service.

  • Why not? 

    That would be unnecessary censorship of a topic that concerns and affects us all. 

    I'm sure that's not the case.

  • I can't avoid looking at you if I don't know you're there until I come to a post of yours half way through a thread.

    I saw a piece on the news earlier about how many people with ASD and learning difficulties don't realise they have the right to vote, I find that shocking.

  • Sorry but You will have to accept Me for how i am.
    If not, don't look at Me.

  • I hate to complainm but your avatar or whatever you call it, is giving me a headache, I find things that move like that make my brain go biggledy

  • I get that.
    It's just that NAS has mutiple " Rules ".
    You are probably right, but i was just trying to confirm.

  • I don't see why politics can't be discussed? I started a post on politics and it was very popular. I think that as long as people don't go off onto long rants and abuse of others it should be fine, to stop us from discussing potentially contentious subjects is belittling.

    The OP is only reminding people that today is the last day to register to vote so as they can vote in next months election, what's wrong with that?

  • Hmmm.....
    Mods, am i wrong or do Politics not have a place on NAS ?