03/07/18: Breckland Council promotes voter registration during National Democracy Week 2018
Breckland Council is urging local residents to make sure they are registered to vote. The Council is issuing the reminder during National Democracy Week, which is being held across the country from 2 to 8 July.
People who have previously registered to vote and whose details haven't changed don't need to do anything. However, anybody who has not been registered to vote before (for example those who recently turned 18), people who have moved house, and people who have changed their name (such as after getting married), will need to re-register to be eligible to take part in future elections. This includes the next District and Parish council elections, which are scheduled to take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.
Cllr Mark Robinson, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Governance, commented: "To have your say in future elections you must make sure you are registered to vote. If your name or address details haven't changed, you don't need to do anything. For those people who have moved house, married, or recently become eligible to vote, you can register quickly and easily online and make sure you can take part in upcoming elections."
During National Democracy Week, Cllr Lynda Turner, Deputy Chair of Breckland Council and newly appointed Executive Support Member for Place will be meeting with the Breckland Youth Advisory Board (YAB), which represents the needs and voices of young people across Breckland. They will discuss opportunities for the District Council and Youth Advisory Board to work together to address various community issues and engage with young people.
Cllr Turner commented: "I'm really pleased to have this opportunity to speak with the YAB and to discuss issues that are affecting local young people. This week we are not just celebrating our local democracy institutions, but also the 90th anniversary of a change in the law that gave women the same voting rights as men. I therefore think it is fitting that we also give consideration to how we can engage young people in the democratic process, regardless of their gender." To register to vote or update your existing registration go to: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote