Campaign under way to encourage voter registration

    Campaign under way to encourage voter registration

    Campaign under way to encourage voter registration

    Tuesday 15 March 2016

    As a major national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils are encouraging local people to visit www.avonpccelection2016.org.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote.

    On Thursday 5 May, 2016, voters in England will go to the polls to elect 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, 2016.

    The Electoral Commission today launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Monday 18 April, 2016. 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.

    Elisa Day, Electoral Services Manager for the two councils, said:  “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in Taunton Deane and West Somerset to register now if you have not done so already. Our message is simple: you can’t vote, if you are not registered by 18 April.  It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to www.avonpccelection2016.org.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 Taunton Deane and West Somerset.”

    Could you be a Police and Crime Commissioner? Are you interested in standing as a PCC candidate? The Police Area Returning Officer, who has responsibility for the administration of the election in the Avon and Somerset Police Area, will hold a briefing for prospective candidates and agents in the Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW, at 2pm on Monday 21 March, 2016.

    Information and advice, including the forms you need to complete and a timetable of events, can be found on the PCC 2016 election website www.avonpccelection2016.org.uk/standing-as-a-candidate

    ENDS

    Released jointly on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council

    Contact:

    Debbie Rundle, Public & Media Relations Officer 01823 356407 or 01984 635280.