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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Make sure you are registered to vote in the 2015 elections

People living in West Lancashire are being urged to make sure they are on the electoral register, or they will not be able to vote in this year’s elections.

On Thursday 7 May voters all over the country will go to the polls in the parliamentary election. There are also local elections in some wards.

West Lancashire Borough Council is sending letters to every home in West Lancashire with a list of who is registered to vote at that property. This will also give details of how to register if your name is not on that list.

You can fill in an online registration by visiting register to vote (external link) or register to vote. For more information please email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet please call the elections office on 01695 585014 to ask for a paper registration form.

Registering online only takes a few minutes. All applicants will need their national insurance number.

Gill Rowe, Returning Officer, said: “You need to be on the electoral roll to have your say in local and UK Parliamentary Elections on Thursday 7 May. So please read the letter we send you carefully and if you or a member of your household is not listed, please follow the instructions in the letter to make sure everyone is registered.

“Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote. We urge them to get onto the electoral register.”

Teenagers who are due to reach the age of 18 on or before Thursday 7 May can vote in the elections, but must register.

Registering to vote on the electoral roll helps when applying for credit or a loan. Credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

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