North Devon and Torridge encouraged to back Voter Registration Day

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Posted on: 29 January 2015

Torridge District Council and North Devon Council are encouraging any local residents not yet registered to vote to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day (Thursday 5 February).

There are fewer than 100 days until voters go to the polls to elect a Member of Parliament for North Devon or Torridge and West Devon. Local elections are also taking place on the same day. Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Jenny Wallace, Electoral Registration Officer for Torridge District Council, says: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they are able to have their say on issues that affect their lives. I’d urge Torridge residents to use National Voter Registration Day to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form online.”

North Devon Council’s Electoral Services Manager, Judith Dark, says: “Here in North Devon, we already have a good level of people who are registered. However, we want to make sure that those still not on the electoral roll don’t miss out in having their voices heard. Online is the quickest and easiest way for people to get registered. However, if people prefer, they can also ask us for a paper copy.”

Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, says: “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 North Devon and Torridge properties will shortly receive 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.

Local residents can obtain a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office in Torridge on 01237 428757 or in North Devon on 01271 388277.

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