Register to vote

01 Feb 2016

Stevenage Borough Council is urging local residents not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.

Voters in Stevenage will go to the polls on Thursday 5 May for the local government and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections. Anyone who is not registered to vote by Monday 18 April will not be able to take part and have their say.

Local government elections select councillors who are responsible for making decisions on running services such as leisure, housing, waste collections and planning. The Police and Crime Commissioner oversees the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

Scott Crudgington, Electoral Registration Officer for Stevenage Borough Council, said: “I’d urge people living in Stevenage to use National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online. All you need is your date of birth and national insurance number.”

Ben Brook, Head of English regions 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.”

All Stevenage homes will be receiving a letter with details of who is currently on the electoral register for that property. Anyone living at the property, but whose name is not on the letter, should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Stevenage residents can obtain a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 01438 242213.

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