DON’T BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD -REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY :
Glasgow City Council is encouraging anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of this week’s National Voter Registration Drive (1-7 February) and go online now to register.
On Thursday, 5 May 2016 voters in Glasgow will go to the polls for the Scottish Parliament election.
This election will be the first time that 16 and 17 year olds have been able to vote for Scottish Parliament but anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say.
The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday, 18 April 2016. While there is still time, it’s running out quickly. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . It’s a chance to join the thousands of people across Scotland and rest of the UK being encouraged to register this week.
From now until April Glasgow City Council will be running its campaign and engaging with people, and particularly young people, in schools and higher and further education establishments across the city to encourage them to register.
Hugh Munro, Electoral Registration Officer for Glasgow City Council said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. I’d urge people living in Glasgow to to spread the message amongst family and friends, especially if they have 16 or 17 year olds who may not be registered yet. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”
Andy O’Neill, Head of Electoral Commission, Scotland said: “We are holding the National Voter Registration Drive because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible to be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so. It’s easy and quick to do online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. This is the first time that 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote for Scottish Parliament and as young people are much less likely to be registered to vote, having this week is as important as ever.”
The quickest and easiest way to register to vote is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote but residents can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting Glasgow City Council’s Electoral Registration Office on 0141 287 4444.