#NVRD – Join the drive and register to vote today

    #NVRD – Join the drive and register to vote today

    #NVRD – Join the drive and register to vote today

    Monday 01 February 2016

    Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council want to encourage anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.

    On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Taunton Deane and West Somerset will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset. Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say. There is also the possibility of an EU Referendum this year.

    The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 18 April 2016. Whilst there is still time, it’s running out quickly. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It’s a chance to join the thousands of people across the UK being encouraged to register this week.

    Elisa Day Electoral Registration Officer for the two Councils, said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. I’d urge people living in Taunton Deane and West Somerset to use National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

    Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams at the Electoral Commission, said: “National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered to vote, does so. It’s easy and quick to do online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote so #NVRD is as important as ever.”

    Local residents can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 01984 635276.

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    Note to editor:

    1. National Voter Registration Drive is between 1 and 7 February 2016 and is led by Bite the Ballot.
    2. Bite the Ballot (http://bitetheballot.co.uk/ ) aim to ensure that young people are engaged in political process and inspired to become change-makers.
    3. The #NVRD campaign is led by Bite the Ballot and they work with partners, like the Electoral Commission and local authorities, to engage young people and encourage them to register to vote. There will be events and activities across the country being organised by schools, charities and other organisations.
    4. On social media the hashtag will be #NVRD and Bite the Ballot also use #TakePower.
    5. National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered, does so. Young people and students are much less likely to be registered to vote so #NVRD is as important as ever.

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

    Contact:

    Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 email d.rundle@tauntondeane.gov.uk