Still time to register

March 26 2015

WITH less than two months to go until the general and local elections, residents are being told - if you're not registered, you can't vote.

WITH less than two months to go until the general and local elections, residents are being told - if you're not registered, you can't vote.

Bristol City Council is particularly calling on young people to sign up, as nationally, it is estimated that 30 percent of 18-24 year olds are still not registered to vote.

The deadline is April 20.

The council has been working in partnership with Bristol University to encourage more students to sign up to the electoral register.

There are over 24,000 eligible students studying in Bristol, with many living in areas such as Bishopston and Redland.

Jo Woods, union affairs officer for Bristol University’s Student Union, said: “It’s important that young people have their say to make sure that their needs are being met. You wouldn’t let someone else choose your haircut so why would you let them choose your government.”

Changes to the electoral registration system mean everyone is now responsible for their own voter registration and people can register online for the first time ever.

Voters will be going to the polls on May 7 to elect a Member of Parliament for their respective areas.

Contesting for the Bristol West seat is Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, Labour candidate Thangam Debonnaire, Green candidate Darren Hall, Conservative candidate Claire Hiscott, UKIP candidate Christine Forester, Class War candidate Jan McDonald and Independent Dawn Parry.

To register, visit: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Voters will need their National Insurance number to complete the online form, or paper version.