Voter Registration Challenge
I challenge you to get one, or more, unregistered VOTER! registered this weekend for the upcoming Local Government Elections. Voter registration happens this weekend, 5-6 Feb.
In the 20 to 29 age group there are an estimated 9.5 million eligible voters yet 5.1 million or only 53.7% are registered to vote. If we unpack the figures further: Only 50.6% of the males or 5 in 10 in this category are registered to vote while 56.7% or nearly 6 in 10 of the women in this group are registered to vote. This stands in stark contrast to the approximate 93% of people who are 30 years and older who have registered as voters.
So let’s try get some youth registered this weekend. Even if we have to drag them kicking and screaming, it is for their own good you know.
Currently the breakdown for registered voters is as follows:
|Eastern Cape||2 972 815|
|Free State||1 343 448|
|Gauteng||5 422 557|
|KwaZulu-Natal||4 386 187|
|Limpopo||2 241 132|
|Mpumalanga||1 656 808|
|North West||1 521 259|
|Northern Cape||538 814|
|Western Cape||2 584 861|
|TOTAL||22 667 881|
How do I register?
To vote in National, Provincial and Municipal elections, you have to register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless your voting district changes.
Who can register?
- be a South African citizen;
- be at least 16 years old; and
- have a green, bar-coded ID book.
When can I register?
You can register at any time, however to be able to vote in a specific election, you must register before the election date is proclaimed (published in the Government Gazzette) by the President. The Voters’ Roll for a specific election closes at 5pm on the day of proclamation. Contact your Municipal Electoral Office for details.
Where can I register?
Register during announced registration weekends at your voting station (in the voting district where you live). Where is my voting station?
You can also register at your local Municipal Electoral Office during office hours.
What must I bring?
You need to register in person. Bring your:
- South African, green, bar-coded ID book
- Valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) if you don’t have an ID book
What happens when I register?
- Go to the voting station or Municipal Electoral Office
- Fill in an Application for Registration as a Voter form
- Your ID book is scanned
- A bar-coded sticker is pasted in your ID book
When do I have to re-register?
You only have to re-register when:
- Your home address changes
- We inform you that your voting district has changed
How do I know if or where I’m registered?
You can check your registration status by:
- sending an SMS with your ID number to 32810 or
- using our Am I Registered? web page.
If you’re registered, you will be informed of your voting station details.
Note: It can take up to a week for your registration to be processed.