10-Mar-2017

With local elections taking place in just a few weeks, voters in Huntingdonshire are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and can take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May.

The call for voters to sign up comes as the Electoral Commission launches a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across the country.

Huntingdonshire District Council is now also reminding voters in Huntingdonshire that they need to register by the deadline of Thursday 13 April or they won’t be able to take part in the Cambridgeshire County Council elections.

For the first time, voters in Huntingdonshire will have the chance to elect a Combined Authority Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Voters in Huntingdonshire should look out for a booklet that will come through the post with information about the candidates standing for election.

Joanne Lancaster, Electoral Registration Officer for Huntingdonshire District Council, said: "Time is running out to make sure you can take part in elections this May, so I’d encourage everyone in Huntingdonshire to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. It’s quick and easy to register, but after the deadline of 13 April, it will be too late."

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission said: "Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are particularly less likely to be registered to vote. So if you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly. 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 Huntingdonshire."

To register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before Thursday 13 April.