29 Jan 2016

Democracy and Engagement

#NVRD – Join the drive and register to vote today

The small handful of Bristol residents not yet registered to vote are being encouraged to take advantage of the National Voter Registration Drive this week (1 to 7 February) and go online to register. 

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Bristol will go to the polls to vote in an elected Mayor, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and all 70 ward councillors.

Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say. National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered to vote, does so.

Aside from people who are registering to vote for the first time, anyone who has recently moved house are being reminded to register at their new address.
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 for those yet to register to join the millions across the UK already registered to vote. 

Yvonne Dawes, Deputy Electoral Registration Officer for Bristol City Council, 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 Bristol to use the National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to register online. 

“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.”

Going online is the quickest and easiest way to ensure that you’re registered to vote, but you can also request a form to be posted to you by calling 0117 922 3400. A paper copy of the application form can be downloaded from the gov.uk website too.

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 the 100 Temple Street Citizen Service Point or via your local library.

All households will also receive a letter in the coming days to confirm what voter registration details are held for that address. The aim is to make sure that the electoral register is as accurate and complete as possible before the elections on 5 May. Anyone still uncertain as to whether they are registered to vote can email or call Electoral Services on 0117 922 3400.