We at the Labour Party are busy preparing for the Local Election on May 2nd and we want to ensure that every single voter is correctly registered. Also, we may even have a General Election in the very near future: the Brexit fiasco is making it look increasingly likely. Don’t miss your chance to vote!
Voting is a right that was only won after a long, hard fight by our forebears and is the best way to facilitate change in our society.
We encourage you to check that your details held on the Electoral Roll in Penrith are up to date, and if they are not, for example if you have recently moved house, or changed your name, please correct the record now. Be sure to have your National Insurance number handy. The deadline for registration is April 12: don’t miss this chance to have your say.
Once you are registered you won’t have to register again, unless you change your address or name, and you will be eligible to vote in future elections. We also want to remind you that keeping your details up to date and making sure that everything is correct is a compulsory legal requirement*
To register to vote, amend the register or change the way you vote is easy: you can do so by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting the Elections Office at Eden District Council, Town Hall Penrith, CA11 7QF, or by phone 01768 212253.
*It is compulsory to fill in the annual voting registration form, failure to do so means you could go to court, be fined up to £1,000, and get a criminal record. Only those registered as electors can vote. If you aren’t registered you can’t help decide who represents you or your local area, or who forms the next government. The register is supplied to credit reference agencies, so non-registration may affect your ability to open a bank account, take out a mortgage, or buy things on credit. Juries are summoned using the electoral register. Get your name on the list Your name must be on the electoral register and be effective by the close of nomination of candidates in order for you to vote. This means that everyone should register several weeks before an election. Are you eligible? To be eligible to register you must be either a British citizen, a citizen of another Commonwealth country, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or any other member state of the European Union. The legal age for voting is 18 years or older (although you can pre-register at 16 or 17) you must be resident at an address in the area (except for some special categories of elector) and you must be free from any voting disqualifications.