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Shropshire Council residents urged to register for Police and Crime Commissioner elections

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Shropshire Council is encouraging local people to register to vote by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote so you can have your say in the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Shropshire will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Mercia region. 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. Whilst 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 the UK being encouraged to register this week.

Claire Porter, electoral registration officer for Shropshire 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 Shropshire to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams at the Electoral Commission, said:

“It’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered to vote, does so. It’s easy and quick to do online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“Local residents can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 0345 678 9015.

Further information

Bite the Ballot (http://bitetheballot.co.uk/) aim to ensure that young people are engaged in political process and inspired to become change-makers.

  • The #NVRD campaign is led by Bite the Ballot and they work with partners, like the Electoral Commission and local authorities, to engage young people and encourage them to register to vote. There will be events and activities across the country being organised by schools, charities and other organisations.
  • On social media the hashtag will be #NVRD and Bite the Ballot also use #TakePower
  • National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered, does so. Young people and students are much less likely to be registered to vote so #NVRD is as important as ever.

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