Surrey Heath’s campaign to increase voter registration

On 15 March, 2016, Surrey Heath Borough Council announced support for the National Voter Registration Campaign,

Your vote mattersAs a major national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, Surrey Heath Borough Council is encouraging local people to visit to register to vote.

On Thursday 5 May voters in England will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner. Registering now for the elections in May will also mean voters are registered in good time before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on 23 June.

The Electoral Commission this week launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Monday 18 April. In England advertising will appear across TV and online on demand video services. This is in addition to the work that is already being carried out across England by the Commission and partner organisations, which started earlier this year.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is also running a number of activities to encourage residents to register. These include: an article in the borough’s community magazine, placing posters at local authority buildings, promotion via social media and information on the borough’s website.

Karen Whelan, Electoral Registration Officer for Surrey Heath Borough Council said: “Time is now running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in Surrey Heath to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote, if you aren’t registered by 18 April. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to”

Ben Brook, Head of the Electoral Commission, English Regions, said: “Our public awareness campaign across England aims to encourage anyone not yet registered, to do so as soon as possible. Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are less likely to be registered to vote. If you’re not registered you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Surrey Heath.

“Registering is quick and easy to do online at but you only have until Monday 18 April if you want to vote in the important elections in England this May.

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