Stockton Council is urging all residents of voting age, especially young people aged 16 to 24, to make sure they are registered to vote as part of a national campaign 'Your vote matters…make sure you're in.'
Over the coming week every household in the Borough will receive a letter from Stockton Council giving details of who is registered to vote at that address. Residents are asked to check the details and contact Stockton Council's Democratic Services if there are any errors or changes needed.
The Council is also working with local schools, academies and colleges to promote National Voter Registration Day to students aged 16 or over.
Organised by 'Bite the Ballot', National Voter Registration Day is on Thursday, 5 February. It aims to ensure that young people are politically informed, engaged and registered to vote.
The next General Election is on 7 May 2015 and many people will not be able to cast their vote because they are not registered. Bite the Ballot aims to register 250,000 people to vote during National Voter Registration Day, and ensure a strong turnout of people aged 18 to 24 at the 2015 General Election.
By law every individual is personally responsible for making make sure that they are registered to vote.
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance, Councillor David Harrington, said: "National Voter Registration Day is a great way to encourage young people to make sure their voice is heard by registering to vote.
"Nationally, it's estimated that about 50 percent of young people aged 18 to 24 are not registered to vote. As the outcome of the General Election will have a big impact on their future, it is vital that they have their say in its outcome. Hopefully, lots of our local young people will take advantage of the new online registration facility and make their voices heard in May's elections."
Residents can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by phoning the Voter Registration Helpline on 01642 526196.
Registering online only takes about three minutes. People will need to provide their date of birth and National Insurance number. The service is compatible with all platforms, including smartphones and tablets.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters or email [email protected]