Young electors reminded not to miss out on their chance to vote

Ballot box
Ballot box

Aylesbury Vale District Council is reminding anyone who will be 18 years of age by May 7 next year to register to vote before the general elections.

The electoral roll is being published on January 2 and anyone who is eligible to vote to must make sure their name is on the roll.

Previously the homeowner registered everyone who lived at that address for voting however individuals must now register themselves.

Chris Sheard, electoral services manager said: “Being able to exercise your right to vote is a fundamental principle of our democracy and it’s important that everyone who is eligible to take part in elections is registered so that they don’t miss their opportunity to influence how the country is governed at national and local levels.

“Many of our young people will be able to vote in next year’s parliamentary and Aylesbury Vale District Council elections for the first time which is an exciting prospect.

“But they do need to be registered so we’re reminding 16 and 17-year-olds that they don’t have to wait until they’re 18 to join the electoral register.”

Students living in halls of residence or in rented accommodation are also encouraged to register to vote as they are able to register at both their home and university address.