Oldham Council is urging residents to make sure they register to vote.
As part of National Voter Registration Day (Thursday, February 5) we are urging people to make sure their name is on the electoral register as there are just over three months to go until the General and local elections.
If you don’t think you’re registered or want to check your details are correct then we’d urge you to get in touch now.
Registering to vote is quick and easy and you can do it online in less than five minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – you just need to have your National Insurance number and date of birth handy.
Alternatively you can contact the elections office on 0161 770 4718. Council officers will check if you are on the register and, if not, will sign you up over the phone in a couple of minutes. Again all you will need is your NI number and date of birth.
Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive of Oldham Council and Returning Officer, said: “May 7 will see local and national elections taking place and if you aren’t on the register you won’t be able to have a say on how Oldham and the country is run.
“Our message is very simple – register now and don’t leave it too late. We don’t want anyone turning up on polling day only to find that they can’t vote because they are not registered, or their name is listed against a property where they used to live.
“It’s up to individuals to make sure this doesn’t happen to them. But the good news is that registration has never been easier.”
Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions for the Electoral Commission, said: “National Voter Registration Day exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible to be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so. Young people, students and people who have moved home recently are much less likely to be registered to vote. We’re urging them to use the day as an opportunity to get on the electoral register.”