Media release: Register to vote today

Published on 5th February 2015

Cheltenham Borough Council is encouraging any local residents not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day (5 February) and go online now to register.

There are fewer than 100 days until voters go to the polls to elect a Member of Parliament for Cheltenham. Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Kim Smith, elections and registrations manager for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible in order for them to be able to have their say on issues that affect their lives. I’d urge Cheltenham Borough residents to use National Voter Registration Day to spread the message amongst family and friends who may not have registered yet, it only takes a few minutes to complete the form online.”

Kay Jenkins, head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, added: “National Voter Registration Day exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible to be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so. Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote. We’re urging them to use the day as an opportunity to get onto the electoral register.”

All Cheltenham Borough Council properties will have received a letter with details of who’s 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.

Local residents can obtain a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 01242 264132.

 

For press enquiries, contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email: kelly.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk