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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Major campaign to encourage voters to register

As a major national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of local government and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, West Lancashire Borough Council is encouraging local people to visit Register to vote (external link) to register to vote.

On Thursday 5 May voters in England will go to the polls to elect local councillors, and 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.

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

West Lancashire Borough Council is also running a number of activities to encourage residents to register. These include a social media campaign and also working with Edge Hill University and other groups and organisations to get local residents registered.

For more information on upcoming elections please visit elections and voting.

Kim Webber, Electoral Registration Officer for West Lancashire, said: “Time is now running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in West Lancashire to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you aren’t registered by 18 April.  It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to Register to vote (external link).”

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 West Lancashire.

“Registering is quick and easy to do online at Register to vote (external link) but you only have until Monday 18 April if you want to vote in the important elections in England this May.”

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