Published Friday, 27th March 2015
Don't lose your vote - make sure you’re registered
On 7 May voters will go to the polls to elect their Member of Parliament and local councillors.
As a national advertising campaign is launched by the Electoral Commission to encourage voter registration ahead of the elections, the Council is urging residents to register online at: gov.uk/register-to-vote.
You can't vote if you're not registered
John Jory, Electoral Registration Officer for Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, said: "Time is running short to make sure you can vote in the elections, so I'd encourage everyone in the borough to register themselves to vote now if they haven't done so yet.
"Our message is simple: you can't vote, if you’re not registered by 20 April. It's easy to do and only takes a few minutes online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you're not sure whether you're registered, please call us to double check. Don't lose your vote."
If you haven't received your poll card by 10 April informing you about the elections in May and where you need to go to vote, contact us on 01737 276794 to make sure you're registered.
The way we all register to vote changed last year. Now every individual is responsible for registering themselves.
Recent research conducted by YouGov for the Electoral Commission found that:
- 21% of people who rent privately think they’re automatically registered to vote if they pay council tax.
- 40% of those surveyed think it is not possible to register to vote online in England, Scotland and Wales.
- 69% do not know that the deadline to register to vote, with 13% thinking it is already too late to register. When given a choice of five options only 32% correctly identified the deadline as 20 April.
Registering to vote also helps to keep your credit reference up to date.
Postal and proxy vote deadlines
If you'll be away or unable to get to a polling station on election day, the deadlines for postal and proxy vote applications are also approaching.
Postal vote applications must be received by 5pm on 21 April. The deadline for applying for a proxy vote for someone else to vote on your behalf is 5pm on 28 April.
Download an application form from the Voting and elections page.
Anyone without access to the internet can call us on 01737 276794 for