The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP today helped the Electoral Commission launch a campaign urging people in North West Hampshire to make sure they are registered to vote.
Sir George helps launch the Electoral Commission campaign
With a recent report by the Electoral Commission showing that up to 3.7 million people in England and Wales, between 8-9 % of the eligible population, did not register to vote in 2000, Sir George is calling on residents in his North West Hampshire constituency to make sure their name is on the electoral register.
Peter Wardle, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission, said, “Politics affects every aspect of our lives, from rubbish collection and road safety to education and care for the elderly. Many people assume that they’ll be automatically registered, but that isn’t the case. So if you haven’t already received and returned a registration form from your local council, download one at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Names can be added later to the electoral register on a monthly basis, allowing those who have moved house to update their details at any point during the year.
For more information on how to register to vote go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or contact your local council. Where local elections are being held on 4 May 2006, the registration deadline is 13 March.
Sarah Schofield, Claire O’Sullivan or Clo Davey on 020 7839 4321
Out of office hours 07789 920 414.
Notes to editors
1. The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. Our mission is to foster public confidence and participation by promoting integrity, involvement and effectiveness in the democratic process.
2. On 4 May 2006, there will be over 170 local government elections, including Metropolitan District Councils and London Boroughs Council Elections.
Advice on how to register and vote
• First of all, check you’re registered to vote. You can’t vote if you’re not registered, and contrary to popular belief, you won’t be automatically registered even if you pay council tax. If you haven’t already received and returned a form from your local council this year, download one at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
• If you are not sure if there are elections in your local area in 2006, go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk to check by simply entering your postcode.
• Don’t leave it too late to register. Where local elections are being held on 4 May 2006, the registration deadline is 13 March 2006.
• Once you’re registered, and you’ve decided who you wish to support, you’re ready to vote either in person at your local polling station or by post or proxy.