With only a few days left to go before the 20 April registration deadline for the general election and local elections, the Electoral Commission and Wyre Forest District Council are calling for anyone who isn’t yet registered to go online and do so at www.gov.uk/registertovote before it’s too late.
The elections watchdog has been running a national media campaign reminding voters that they can’t take part in the election unless they have registered. Electoral Commission research indicates that recent home movers, young people, students and those from certain BME communities are all less likely to be registered to vote. The Commission’s campaign aims to let people know that everyone can now easily apply to register online; this is the first general election where this has been possible.
Ian Miller, Electoral Registration Officer for Wyre Forest said:
“Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible if they want to be able to have their say on a whole range of issues that affect their everyday lives. It’s been five years since the last general election and we don’t want anyone to miss out on having their say on polling day.”
Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, said:
“Time is running out for anyone who hasn’t got around to registering to vote yet. It now takes just a few minutes to complete a registration application with the new online system so we are encouraging everyone to do this as quickly as possible before the deadline on 20 April.”
The registration deadline is at midnight on Monday 20 April 2015. Postal vote application forms are available to download from the Council’s website . The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm Tuesday 21 April 2015.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote at your current address, you should contact the Electoral Services Team on 01562 732928 or email the team.