Don’t forget to register to vote
Monday 06 March 2017
With local elections for Somerset County Council taking place in just a few weeks, voters in Taunton Deane and West Somerset are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May.
The call for voters to sign up comes as the Electoral Commission launches a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across the country.
Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils’ joint elections team is now also reminding voters in the two areas that they need to register by the deadline of Thursday 13 April otherwise they won’t be able to take part in the Somerset County Council elections.
Elisa Day, Electoral Services Manager for the councils, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in elections this May, so I’d encourage everyone in Taunton Deane and West Somerset to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. It’s quick and easy to register, but after the deadline of 13 April, it will be too late.”
Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission said: “Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are particularly less likely to be registered to vote. So if you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly. 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 Somerset.”
To register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before Thursday 13 April.
Released jointly on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council
Debbie Rundle Media & Communications officer 01823 356407 or 01984 635280