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North Yorkshire Residents Urged to Register Their Vote


10:43am 2nd April 2013

With only a month to go before local elections in parts of England and Wales, the Electoral Commission has launched a national campaign to encourage people to register in time to have their say at elections on Thursday 2 May.

“There’s not much time left for people to secure their vote,” warns Samantha Mills, the Commission’s Head of Campaigns. “We’re concerned that many people may not realise they won’t be able to vote until it’s too late. That’s why we’re launching this campaign and urging people to take a few minutes on Register to Vote Day to go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and make sure they’ll be able to have their say.”

Those particularly at risk of missing their chance to vote are people who have moved house recently, and who mistakenly assume they are automatically registered at their new address because they pay council tax.  The two processes are completely separate.

“We also want to make sure that people who have turned 18 since the last elections realise that this is their chance to vote for the first time,” says Mills.  “Being able to vote is a significant rite of passage and we don’t want anyone to miss out.  Act now, and pass the message on to others – you can even register via Facebook’s “Democracy UK” page!”

The Electoral Commission campaign, with the slogan “It’s your vote, don’t lose it”, encourages people to visit the website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk to register to vote ahead of  the 17 April deadline.

The campaign will run across television, radio and online from Register to Vote Day until 16 April.  People can call the Commission’s information hotline on 0800 3 280 280 or contact their local authority electoral registration office.

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