07 Jan 2016

Democracy and Engagement

Bristol residents urged to register to vote in 2016

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Bristol will cast their vote in a hat-trick of polls and have their say on the people to be elected Mayor, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and all 70 ward councillors.

Only those who are registered to vote will be able to cast their vote and have their say.

There are over 316,000 registered voters in Bristol but a large number of residents remain unregistered.

Nicola Yates, Returning Officer for Bristol City Council, said:
“The May 2016 elections will give the citizens of Bristol an unprecedented opportunity to exercise a democratic right to directly influence the makeup of the city’s leadership. To vote you must be registered, there is no exception. I urge all those not currently registered to do so.”

Ben Brook, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, said:
“Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they will be able to have their say on issues that directly affect their day-to-day lives. It’s important that anyone who is eligible to be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so. The deadline to register to vote is Monday 18 April 2016.”

Changes to the registration system in 2014 now means that everyone is responsible for registering themselves individually.

There are a number of ways to register:

Online - To register online visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Paper application – A paper copy of the application form can be downloaded from the gov.uk website or posted by calling 0117 922 3400 to request a registration form.

Residents will need their National Insurance number to register both online and by paper application.

For residents needing support to register online, help is available at their local library or the 100 Temple Street Citizen Service Point.

Those who are uncertain as to whether they are registered to vote should email electoral.services@bristol.gov.uk or call Electoral Services on 0117 922 3400.