Friday, 7 February 2014

MP urges locals - "register to vote"

Local MP Katy Clark is urging North Ayrshire residents to make sure they are registered to vote.

February 1st is National Voter Registration Day, marking the anniversary of the Great Reform Act of 1832, which first introduced the requirement for people to register their names in order to be eligible to vote in elections. The event is organised by campaign group ‘Bite the Ballot’, which seeks to raise awareness of voter registration and ensure people have the right to vote.

Katy Clark said, “The next couple of years will see a number of opportunities to vote that will have significant implications for the future of Scotland and the United Kingdom. This year we have elections for the European Parliament on May 22nd, ahead of the independence referendum on September 18th. A General Election will also have to take place before May 2015, so it is essential that everyone who is entitled to have their say at these elections is registered to vote.”

Ms Clark, Labour MP for North Ayrshire & Arran, said it is unfortunate that so many people who should be able to cast their vote at election time are not actually registered to do so, adding, “I am particularly concerned that at present only around half of all young people are currently registered to vote. Anyone who is not currently registered can sign up at: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register_to_vote.aspx”

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