A polling station Phil Creighton
With the May 7 elections looming ever closer, Wokingham Borough Council is encouraging residents not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day and go online to register.
There are less than 100 days until voters go to the polls to elect a member of parliament for the Wokingham parliamentary constituency. Local elections are also taking place in 18 of the borough’s wards.
Xn’s research reveals that if the number of people who did not vote in 2010’s General Election actually came out and voted, they could influence the result, seeing the Borough elect a different MP to John Redwood, who has represented the town since 1987.
Anyone who is currently not registered to vote should do so now at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Wokingham Borough Council’s returning officer Andrew Moulton, 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 Wokingham Borough residents to use National Voter Registration Day to spread the message amongst family and friends, who may not have registered yet, that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form online.”
Kay Jenkins, head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, said: “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 Wokingham Borough properties will shortly receive 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 online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Residents can get a paper copy of the registration form by calling electoral services on (0118) 974 6522.