North Tyneside Council wants to encourage anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.
On Thursday, May 5, 2016, voters in North Tyneside will go to the polls to elect local government councillors in North Tyneside and a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Northumbria police area.
There will also be a mayoral referendum held on the same day to decide North Tyneside’s governance model.
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, April 18, 2016. Whilst 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.
Vivienne Geary Electoral Registration Officer for North Tyneside, 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’d urge people living in North Tyneside 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.”
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 North Tyneside’s Electoral Registration Team on (0191) 643 2270.