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National Voter Registration Day

February 5, 2015

Today is National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) – we’re supporting it because we want as many people as possible in Newcastle to be registered to vote.

As the returning office responsible for the elections it is really important to me that everyone has the chance to vote. We know that once the deadline to register to vote before an election has passed, we often get calls like “I didn’t know I needed to register to vote”; or, “I meant to register but I forgot”; or “It takes too long”.

Well, you may not know this, but you can now register to vote online at http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just a few minutes to complete a form. It’s a quick, easy and convenient way to register to vote. So take advantage of NVRD and go online now to register.

Please help us spread the message amongst your family and friends who may not have registered yet that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form. Tweet your support by using the #NVRD hashtag or share our Facebook post. You can also share this fun, short, video of Ballot Box Man, which has been put together by the Electoral Commission to show what can happen if you haven’t registered.

And remember – Your vote matters! Make sure you’re in!

Pat Ritchie
Chief Executive
Newcastle City Council

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