Voter registration campaign launched

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As a major national advertising campaign is launched across Scotland to encourage voter registration ahead of the Scottish Parliament election, the Electoral Registration Officer for Angus Council and Perth and Kinross Council is encouraging local people to visit {https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote|gov.uk/register-to-vote|Click here to visit site} to register to vote.

On Thursday, May 5, voters in Scotland will go to the polls to elect Members of the Scottish Parliament.

The Electoral Commission has now launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Monday, April 18.

In Scotland, advertising will appear across TV, radio and online on demand video services.

This is in addition to the work that is already being carried out across Scotland by the Commission and partner organisations, which started earlier this year.

Mr Alastair Kirkwood, Electoral Registration Officer for Angus Council and Perth & Kinross Council, said: “Time is now running short to make sure you can take part in the Scottish Parliament election, so I’d encourage everyone in Angus Council and Perth & Kinross Council to take action now if they aren’t registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you aren’t registered by April 18.

“Poll cards were issued to everyone who is registered to vote around March 15. If you haven’t received a poll card you should go on-line to register.

“It’s easy and only takes a few minutes - just head to gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“If you can’t register on-line you should contact the Electoral Registration Office.”

Andy O’Neill, head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: “Our public awareness campaign across Scotland aims to encourage anyone not yet registered to do so as soon as possible.

“Our research shows that young people, students, and recent home-movers are less likely to be registered to vote.

“If you’re not registered you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect everyone’s day-to-day lives in Scotland.

“Registering is quick and easy to do online at gov.uk/register-to-vote but you only have until Monday, April 18 if you want to vote in May.”

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