As a major national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of local government, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Kidderminster Town Council and Rock Parish Council elections, Wyre Forest District Council is encouraging local people to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote.
On Thursday 5 May voters in England will go to the polls to elect local councillors and a Police and Crime Commissioner. Registering now for the elections in May will also mean voters are registered in good time before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on 23 June.
The Electoral Commission today launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Monday 18 April. In England advertising will appear across TV and online on demand video services. This is in addition to the work that is already being carried out across England by the Commission and partner organisations, which started earlier this year.
Wyre Forest District Council has already taken part in the National Voter registration drive and is now joining the Electoral Commission’s #regafriend campaign to encourage residents to register. It has also been working with Kidderminster college to get students registered.
Ian Miller, Electoral Registration Officer for Wyre Forest District Council, said:
“Time is now running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in the district to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote, if you aren’t registered by 18 April. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to gov.uk/register-to-vote.”
Ben Brook, Head of the Electoral Commission, English Regions, said:
“Our public awareness campaign across England aims to encourage anyone not yet registered, to do so as soon as possible. Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are less likely to be registered to vote. If you’re not registered you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Wyre Forest.”
“Registering is quick and easy to do online at gov.uk/register-to-vote but you only have until Monday 18 April if you want to vote in the important elections in England this May.”