Voters urged to make sure they are on Daventry district electoral roll

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People in Daventry District are being urged to make sure their voice is heard during the May elections by ensuring they are registered to vote.

Daventry District Council is encouraging anyone not yet registered to vote to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week (February 1 to 7) by registering now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

People living in Daventry District will be casting their votes on May 5 to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire. Elections for one-third of the seats on Daventry District Council as well as a number of parish councils will also be taking place on the same day.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 18 April 2016. Anyone who is not registered will not be able to take part and have their say.

England recently switched from the old household registration system to individual voter registration, meaning each person eligible to vote must ensure they are registered to do so, rather than the head of the household being able to provide details. Many people will have been moved over to the new electoral roll automatically, but some may not.

Ian Vincent, Returning Officer for Daventry District, 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 Daventry District to use the National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams at the Electoral Commission, said: “National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered to vote, does so. It’s easy and quick to do online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Anyone who is not sure whether they are registered to vote can contact DDC’s Elections Service on 01327 871100. People who do not have access to the internet to register online can also phone for a voter registration form.