Voting is a bit like sorting out your pension, or working out what your favourite Ben & Jerry's flavour is - one of those really important parts of being an adult that they just don't teach you at school.
And with the deadline to register to vote for this May's London local elections fast approaching, we've put together a handy guide to help you on your way to scooper-stardom...
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It might sound obvious, but this is key. If you aren't registered, you can't vote. Simple. You can register up until Tuesday 17th April. It's super easy and takes just two minutes, so go on - what are you waiting for? Register now!
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If you'll be on holiday on 3rd May, lucky you! No, but seriously - you'll need to register for a postal vote. And if you're in the country but caught up with other bits, you can ask someone to be your 'proxy' - basically, they can vote on your behalf. Register for a proxy vote here.
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From deciding if a council estate needs to undergo a regeneration, to overseeing the waste collection and recycling and to ensuring local culture is preserved, local councillors make decisions that will impact on the day to day life of every resident in their ward. Those who get elected are mandated to enact the agenda of those who vote so it’s super important to know who you’re voting for. This handy tool lets you see who's standing for election in your area.
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Your polling card will have the address of your polling station, but if you lose it you can find your nearest here or ask your local council. Your name will only be on the list at one of the polling stations near you, so make sure you leave enough time in case you go to the wrong one first!
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For most, believe it or not, you don't need anything! No ID, no polling card, no nothing. Just you. When you arrive just give your name and state your address. Polls are open from 7am until 10pm on 3rd May and as long as you're in the queue by 10pm, you'll be allowed to vote.
If you’re in Bromley it’s slightly different, the borough is taking part in a pilot and voters will be required to show ID, check out exactly what you need here.