Council runs drop-in sessions to encourage people to vote
WITH less than six weeks to register to vote in this year’s General Election, Canterbury City Council has announced a series of drop-in sessions to help get as many people as possible to the polls on May. People have until Monday, April 20, to register to vote in the election. The two announced sessions will help people register and get answer any questions they may have about the process. The drop-in sessions will be tomorrow (Thursday) from 10am to noon at The Beaney, Canterbury High Street; and Tuesday, March 17 from 10am to noon at Herne Bay council office, William Street. There will also be a session in Whitstable, with details still to be confirmed.
Canterbury’s electoral registration officer, Colin Carmichael, said:
“We’re not that far away from the registration cut-off day now, so it’s important that people who have not already registered do so as quickly as possible. These sessions wiLL help with that and we can also assist with general enquiries about registration, too.”
People can also register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It is a simple process and can be completed in just a few minutes. National electoral law has changed and anybody who does not register to vote when asked to by the electoral registration authority could be fined £80. Some exemptions apply. Anyone not on the register will not only be unable to vote but may struggle to get a mortgage or credit card, too.
Herne Bay Times, March 11th 2015