Election fever is raging! Final voter registration takes place from 26 to 27 January 2019. Even if it’s not your first time voting, you may still have some questions about how everything works. 2018 has been a major year in the political realm – new policies on land expropriation, zero-percent VAT on sanitary products, access to affordable education, safe and legal abortion, and the protection of sexual-assault survivors. These are just some of the pressing issues in need of sound leadership and strategy – which is why next year’s national election is a big deal for South Africans.
Everything You Need to Know to ROCK THE VOTE
According to the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), 490 520 voters registered for the first time in March 2018. In addition, ‘more than 400 000 (or 82%) were under the age of 30 and approximately 54% were women’. This is awesome! If you want to join the winning team, you best get your squad down to their nearest voting stations and get ready to rock the vote. Besides, all your friends will be posting from the booth – you can’t miss out on that, babes.
Studies revealed that voter registration among young people in 2016 was the lowest of all age demographics in South Africa (100 955 registered voters); 2 754 324 registered voters were between 20 and 29. These numbers should be much higher for a country with a large youth population – the median age is 26.
It’s understandable that the high levels of corruption that plague our government can leave you feeling despondent. Don’t let that attitude persist – you have the power to fight Millennial apathy. Remember, no action means no representation. Will your vote help change all that? Hell, yes!
How to register
- Final voting registration is set to take place from 26 to 27 January 2019
- SA’s 22 932 voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm. Find your local station at Maps.elections.org.za
- Take your ID book, smart-card ID or temporary ID certificate when you register in your voting district
- Only those who are 18 years old or older can vote
Not sure if you’re registered already? Here’s how to check
- Send an SMS with your ID number to 32810 (R1 per SMS)
- Download the IEC mobile app and enter your ID number
- Visit Elections.org.za to find out more about the status of your registration
- Call the IEC hotline (0800 118 000) to speak to a consultant
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Now Get Your Rock The Vote Tee
COSMO, in partnership with T-shirts For Change, will be selling kickass COSMO tees. Send us a selfie of you wearing the T-shirt at your local voting station using #COSMORockTheVote – buy yours for R290 at Tshirtsforchange.co.za. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Soul City Institute’s Not Yet Uhuru collective, who are championing feminist policy. The national elections are set to take place in May 2019. Get your squad together and have a pre-vote brunch party to chat policy and the issues that matter to you. Use this final registration weekend to make your voice heard. Your voice matters – use it.