Deadline: Register to vote by 18 April 2016

By on 04/04/2016 in News

People in Birmingham have just two weeks left to ensure they have a voice in May’s elections.

Anyone wishing to vote must first be registered to do so – and the deadline for registration is 18 April 2016.

After this date, anyone who has not registered will not be able to vote on 5 May, meaning they cannot have a say in the democratic process.

Anyone who has not yet registered to vote can do so online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and it only takes a few minutes.

Robert Connelly, Head of Electoral Services at Birmingham City Council, said: “Anyone who is not registered will be unable to vote in the local or Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 5 May.

“I would urge anyone who has yet to register to vote to do so as soon as possible. It is both quick and simple, just visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and enter your details.”

Online registration is a more secure system of registration which was introduced in 2014 to replace the old Victorian system where the “head of household” registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.

Anyone not included on the electoral register not only loses their vote but may also have difficulty getting credit, making it difficult to get a mortgage or even a phone contract in future.

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