Today I wrote to The News about the need to work together to increase electoral registration across Portsmouth’s communities. A copy of my letter is below:
Dear The News,
Time is running out to register to vote!
Changes in the registration system means around one million people will be taken off the electoral register this year.
It is important – across the political spectrum – everyone who believe in the importance of local democracy works together to make sure across Portsmouth’s communities all those eligible to vote are registered to do so.
You can’t vote in elections if you’re not registered to vote. The process is quick and easy at http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and takes just three minutes. All people need is their National Insurance number and you can even register via your smartphone.
If fellow readers are already registered to vote, please ask friends and neighbours if they have registered – if they haven’t, point them to the website.
Next year there will be major local elections here in Portsmouth. And there’ll soon be a vote on whether the UK should stay in or leave the European Union. If people don’t register, they won’t be able to have their say.
I urge everyone to help with this important process.