Friday 26 February 2016

    Voters in Taunton Deane and West Somerset are being asked to do their bit and get involved with the national #RegAFriend campaign aimed at getting young people to register to vote.

    The campaign being run by the Electoral Commission in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) is asking young people to encourage their friends to register to vote by sharing photos of their ‘voter cross’ and using the hashtag #RegAFriend.

    Young people are often one of the lowest represented groups on the electoral register, with only 76% of 18-19 year olds and 70% of 20-24 year olds registered to vote nationally. This compares to 95% of those aged 65 and above.

    Given that young people are more likely to use online tools on a daily basis, there has never been a more ideal time with online registration fast becoming a popular way of getting onto the register. Registration is simple, just visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to fill in the online registration form via desktop, mobile or tablet.

    The #RegAFriend campaign will run from 25 February right through until 18 March. Anyone aged 16 and above can register but only those aged 18 and above at the time of the upcoming Police and Crime Commission election (5 May) and EU Referendum (23 June) can vote.

    The upcoming Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commission election in May, and the EU Referendum in June will give the residents of Taunton Deane and West Somerset a chance to have a democratic say on local and national issues which affect them.

    Elisa Day, Electoral Services Manager for the two councils, said: “Voting is an important democratic right that gives you a chance to have your say, as long as you have registered - this includes young people in Taunton Deane and West Somerset. If you have registered to vote, please show your support and share the message with your friends and family, so they can make their mark on polling day.”


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


    Debbie Rundle, Public & Media Relations Officer  01823 356407