East Ren backs campaign to encourage voters to register

East Renfrewshire Council HQ.
East Renfrewshire Council HQ.

East Renfrewshire Council is backing a national advertising campaign to encourage people to register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections.

The campaign launches on the same day that the notice of election is published for the Eastwood Constituency.

The Electoral Commission launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Monday 18 April. Advertising will appear across TV, radio and online on demand video services. This is in addition to the work that is already being carried out across Scotland by the Commission and partner organisations.

On Thursday 5 May voters in Scotland will go to the polls to elect Members of the Scottish Parliament.

East Renfrewshire’s returning officer, Lorraine McMillan said: “Many people assume that they are automatically on the electoral register because they pay council tax — this is not the case.

“Others turn up to vote and find out that they are not on the electoral roll because they forgot to tell us that they have moved house.

“We would urge everyone to double check that they are on the register by 18 April to ensure they can vote. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: “Our public awareness campaign across Scotland aims to encourage anyone not yet registered, to do so as soon as possible. Our research shows that young people, students, and recent home movers are less likely to be registered to vote. If you’re not registered you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect everyone’s day-to-day lives in Scotland.

“Registering is quick and easy to do online at gov.uk/register-to-vote but you only have until Monday 18 April if you want to vote in May.”

The two notices of Constituency and Regional election can be found on our web site at http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/article/7093/Scottish-Parliament-Elections-on-5-May-2016