Register to vote in two upcoming elections
Release date: 21 March 2016
Register now to vote in the upcoming local Police and Crime Commissioner Election and European Union Referendum.
On Thursday 5 May voters in the Cotswold district will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gloucestershire. 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.
A major national advertising campaign is underway across England to encourage voter registration ahead of the PCC elections. The campaign encourages people to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote so they can register to vote.
The Electoral Commission has also launched its national voter registration campaign, reminding people to register by the deadline of Monday 18 April. In England advertising will appear on TV and online on-demand video services. This is in addition to promotional work across England by the Commission and partner organisations, which started earlier this year.
Sarah Dalby, electoral services manager for Cotswold District Council, says: “Time is now running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in Cotswold District to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote on 5 May if you aren’t registered by Monday 18 April. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”
Ben Brook, Head of the Electoral Commission, English Regions, adds: “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 Cotswold District.