Don’t forget to register to vote, says Bolsover Council

Bolsover District Council is reminding residents to register to vote ready for the up coming local elections - and wants to dispel some myths people have about registering to vote.

These include:

You don’t have to wait for the annual canvas to register to vote, you can register all year round.

Even if you pay council tax, you will not automatically be registered to vote, so you need to make sure you are.

You don’t have to be born in the UK to vote in UK elections. EU and qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK can register to vote in UK elections, although EU citizens cannot vote in UK Parliamentary (General) elections.

You don’t have to wait until you’re 18 to register. You can register to vote at 16, however you can’t use your vote until you are 18, but at least you are prepared for when the day comes.

Students don’t have to go home to register and vote. A student can register to vote at their term-time address as well as their home address. You can only vote once in any one election, however.

Bolsover District Council’s Leader, Counc Eion watts said: “Many people have misconceptions about registering to vote and this can stop them from actually doing so. We want to make sure everyone is as informed as possible and get people out there registering and ultimately using their vote.

“Everybody has an idea of how they think things should be done, and voting in local elections is the perfect opportunity to make sure you have the right person representing you and your voice.”

If you want to vote in the next elections due to take place on 5th May 2011, you must be on the Electoral Register by Thursday 14th April 2011.

Bolsover District Council is more than happy to help with any queries and questions you may have. Please telephone 01246 242427 or email democratic.services@bolsover.gov.uk for further information.