Bristol’s students urged to sign up to the Electoral Register

November 24 2016

StudentS in Bishopston, Redland and Cotham, are being urged to sign onto the electoral roll before the Bristol register is published in December.

StudentS in Bishopston, Redland and Cotham, are being urged to sign onto the electoral roll before the Bristol register is published in December.

In a bid to prompt registrations and ensure a more complete electoral roll is published electoral officers will be visiting 4,500 non responding student households to encourage them to respond to requests to register.

The electoral register is mainly used to register citizens to vote in elections and referendums and anyone not registered is unable to vote on polling day. Registration is open all year round, but the council must publish its local register annually on 1st December.

The register is also used by credit agencies to verify the details of those applying for credit, including people trying to secure mobile phone contacts - not being on the register can cause harm to a person’s credit rating.

Stephen Hughes, Electoral Registrations Officer at Bristol City Council, said: “We’ve had a great response to this year’s electoral registrations canvass with well over four fifths of the city already signed up and their details verified. It only takes a few minutes to register and can be done online 24 hours a day.

“We’ve sent a number of letters to students across the city and I know both universities and local colleges are also promoting the importance of registering.”

Many students may have registered at their home address but can also register at their Bristol address and are being encouraged to return Bristol forms to the Council.

Anyone who has yet to register and would like to know how can visit  

www.bristol.gov.uk/registertovote.

www.bristol.gov.uk/voting-elections/register-to-vote-if-youre-a-student-or-you-have-two-addresses 

Anyone who is unsure if they need to register or can’t register online can call Electoral Services on electoral.services@bristol.gov.uk or 0117 922 3400, and don’t forget to include your address.