Residents have until Monday 18 April to register to vote in the elections on Thursday 5 May.
This is to elect councillors for Wyre Forest District Council and a Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia. There will also be the first elections for Kidderminster Town Council and elections for Rock Parish Council. Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say. Residents will also need to be registered to take part in the EU referendum on 23 June.
The Electoral Commission has recently issued a report on the Registers of Electors in Great Britain which were published in December. In Wyre Forest 76,201 electors were listed in December 2015 which represented a decrease of 1,703 (2.19%) since the Register was compiled in December 2014. The Electoral Commission’s report finds Wyre Forest’s figures are in common with most other authorities. Across the country the number of people who are registered to vote has fallen by 1.4 million in the past two years. The Electoral Commission says that about 770,000 people who were registered under the previous household system had not re-registered under the new individual voter registration system.
Wyre Forest District Council’s election team has been working hard to get people to register. Last year forms were sent to all homes in the districts. There were reminder letters and visits to homes too. This year the authority has already taken part in the National Voter registration drive and is now joining the Electoral Commission’s #regafriend campaign.
Electoral Registration Officer, Ian Miller, said:
“Research has shown that young people and those in rented accommodation are most likely not to be registered. If you have turned 18 since May 2015 or have moved home within or to the area, please check you are registered. In Wyre Forest we have also found a high number of elderly people are not registered. Please ask your relatives if they’re on the register and, if you are in doubt, our team is always on hand to give help and advice. We have been working hard to get people registered but, like most other areas, we have seen a drop in the number of people being registered.”
“It is quick and easy to register online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and it is good to see that 500 electors have joined the register since December. Paper copies of the registration form are available from the Worcestershire Hub at the Kidderminster Town Hall. Register now and you will also be able to take part in the EU referendum in June.”
There are currently 76,718 people on the Electoral Register in Wyre Forest.
The full Register of Electors is available to view at libraries in Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn and at the Worcestershire Hub at Kidderminster Town Hall. Enquiries can emailed to the team or by calling 01562 732733.