North Devon Elections Team encourage North Devon residents to vote

Electoral Services Manager, Judith Dark and Electoral Services Officer, Debbie Chandler with the #Vote100 poster

Posted on: 6 February 2018

The Elections Team at North Devon Council is encouraging residents across the district to register to vote.

The team is joining in with the Electoral Commissions #Vote100 celebrations marking 100 years from the Representation of the People Act (6 February 1918) which gave women the right to vote by encouraging all residents across the district to make sure they’re able to vote.

Electoral Services Manager at North Devon Council, Judith Dark, says: “Even though we don’t have any district elections taking place in North Devon until next year (2019), you can still register to vote at any time. It’s really important for women and men to be on the electoral register so that they can vote in elections or referendums in the future – if you’re details are not on the register you can’t vote. The register is also used by credit reference agencies if you are applying for credit so it impacts on other areas of our lives as well.

“Making sure your entry on the register is up to date is also important – don’t forget to let us know if you move house, change your name or turn 18.”

More information about registering to vote, the different ways to vote and election news for North Devon can be found on the council website.

The team can also be contacted to provide advice on 01271 388277 or email elections@northdevon.gov.uk

2 comments on “North Devon Elections Team encourage North Devon residents to vote

  1. Pam Ebert says:

    Hello at our Local Labour Party (Ilfracombe) meeting last night one of the main concerns regarding elections in May was the need to get people to register to vote. Apart from this encouragement to vote above, can you tell us what other measures are in place to encourage voting. Are houses that haven’t returned voter registration forms contacted personally ? Will the Council Offices in Ilfracombe be doing voter registration events ? And can voters register at the Council offices in Ilfracombe ?Many thanks

    • Holly says:

      Hi Pam

      Thank you for your comment. I’m a member of the Communications Team at the council who look after our news website.

      With the district elections coming up in May we are currently looking at the information that we need to get out to residents about it in the coming months, including encouraging those who have not yet registered to vote to do so. Our representatives carried out door-to-door visits towards the end of last year to remind residents to return their voter registration form to us to update the electoral register. We are also sending out notifications to all unoccupied properties which will help remind people who have moved in recently to register to vote. All people who move within or into the district and notify us via our website are also sent an invitation to register.

      Registering to vote is very straight forward and can be done online through our website using the link below. We also keep our voting and elections web pages up to date with all election news. No roadshows are planned but people can go to the Ilfracombe office to register.

      https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/voting-and-elections/

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