Posted: Mon 21st Mar 2016

You Must Be On The Electoral Register To Vote In May

This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 21st, 2016

Residents in Newport will be going to the polls on May 5 to vote in two elections – to vote for regional and constituency Assembly members – and to choose a Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

But only those registered to vote can take part, and time is running out with residents needing to be signed up by April 18. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There are several ways people can apply to register to vote – online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote by telephone to 01633 210744 (you will need your date of birth and National Insurance Number) or fill in paper registration forms if they prefer. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The form can be downloaded from the registration site or alternatively be requested from the local electoral services team in Newport on 01633 656656 or email uvote@newport.gov.uk and return it by the 18 April, the registration deadline. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Will Godfrey, Electoral Registration Officer for Newport City Council said: “Only people who are registered to vote can take part in May’s elections. People living in Newport will need to register to make sure that they don’t miss out on their chance to vote on polling day.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A campaign encouraging people to register was launched in February, and aims to encourage those householders who were not transferred to the new electoral roll after Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced in 2014 to register as soon as possible. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All households in Newport have received a Household Notification Card in the last few months, listing all those currently registered; anybody not listed should register as a matter of urgency. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Previous Electoral Commission analysis of the transition to Individual Elector Registration has identified that students and home movers in particular have been less likely to be moved to the new registration system so need to register as soon as possible. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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