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NATIONAL VOTERS REGISTRATION DAY - GET INVOLVED, BE COUNTED AND #TAKEPOWER!

 

Wednesday 5th February is the first-ever National Voters Registration Day organised by Bite the Ballot, and Bedford Borough Council is calling for residents, especially those ages between 18-24 years, to #takepower and be counted by registering to vote.

 

Bite the Ballot, a youth-led democracy organisation, strives for young people’s opinions to be heard and their votes to count.  By registering to vote you have a say on who is elected to the Council who represents you in the Houses of Parliament and even who represents you in the European elections.

 

Bedford Borough Council is backing Bite the Ballot’s ‘National Voter Registration Day’ to encourage younger residents to get involved, be counted and #takepower! If you’re still unsure whether to register to vote or not, follow us on twitter, @bedfordtweets, and on National Voters Registration Day we will give you 10 reasons why you should join the electoral register.

 

Latest figures released show that up to 11,000 people locally could miss out on the opportunity to vote in the forthcoming European Elections because they haven’t registered to vote yet.

 

Every year the Council is required to refresh the lists of voters eligible to take part in elections in the Borough. Voter registration forms were sent out to all homes in the borough in October and November last year asking residents to register all eligible voters and anyone who will become 18 in 2014.

 

Residents are asked to add anyone who should be registered and wasn't on the list and cross out anyone who no longer lives at the address. Where there are no changes to the details on the Voter Registration Forms residents can let us know on 0800 025 3142 or on the internet at www.bedford.gov.uk/democracy using the unique reference numbers printed on their Voter Registration Form.

 

Also, under the law these forms must be returned each year, whether residents intend to vote or not. Failure to return the form could lead to a fine of up to £1,000. 

 

Philip Simpkins is the local returning officer and is responsible for delivering the election service locally. He said:

“We’re backing National Voters Registration Day to encourage as many people as possible to get registered and take part in forthcoming elections. Registering is quick and easy to do online or over the phone.

 

To support the campaign we will be posting ideas we’ve received from younger residents about why it’s important to register and following the national twitter campaign using #takepower.”

 

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