Council urges East Devon residents to join the National Voter Registration Drive - February 1 to 7 - and register to vote

East Devon District Council wants to encourage anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive #NVRD this week and go online now to register.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in East Devon will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.  Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 18 April 2016. While 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.

Mark Williams, Electoral Registration Officer for East Devon 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 would urge people living in East Devon to use National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message among 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 01395 517402.