Thursday, April 09, 2015

Voters urged to check registration details as General Election approaches

Voters urged to check registration details as General Election approaches

Voters in Edinburgh are being urged to check their registration details are correct four weeks ahead of the General Election.

With the campaigns in full swing and poll cards already hitting doormats, citizens are reminded that they must be registered in order to have their say on May 7th.

Tenants and recent movers are the focus of a drive to encourage registration.

Members of the public, including students and people who have moved home since the last time they registered, should check they are on the electoral role ahead of the registration deadline on April 20th.

Nominations close on Thursday for General Election Candidates, when the final list of those standing for Edinburgh’s five constituencies will be announced.

Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council and Returning Officer for the Edinburgh constituencies, said: “Interest in the forthcoming General Election is really starting to build up. It is essential that voters’ registration details are up-to-date so they can cast their votes and I would urge anyone who is unsure to check in plenty of time.”

More than 84% of the city’s residents voted in the Scottish Independence Referendum in September, which saw a record-breaking turnout across the country.

But changes to the electoral registration system could mean some electors need to re-register. Anyone who has moved since August can update their address or other details (external link) by visiting the GOV.UK website.

You can check you are registered by phoning the Lothian Valuation Joint Board (external link) on 0131 344 2500.

Find out more about where, when and how to vote.

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