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West Lancashire residents urged to make sure they are registered to vote in the 2015 elections


People who are living in West Lancashire have been urged to make sure that they are on the electoral register, or they will be unable to vote in this year’s elections. Voters across the country will be going to the polls on Thursday 7th May in the parliamentary election. There will also be some local elections taking place in some wards.

Letters are being sent by West Lancashire Borough Council to every home in West Lancashire with a list of who is registered to vote at that property. This will also include details of how to register if you are not included on that list.

An online registration can be filled in by visiting register to vote or register to vote. Further information can be obtained by emailing elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk. For people who do not have access to the internet a paper registration form can be requested by calling the elections office on 01695 585014.

Registering online only takes a few minutes. All applicants will need their national insurance number.

Gill Rowe, Returning Officer, said ‘You need to be on the electoral roll to have your say in local and UK Parliamentary Elections on Thursday 7 May. So please read the letter we send you carefully and if you or a member of your household is not listed, please follow the instructions in the letter to make sure everyone is registered. Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote. We urge them to get onto the electoral register.’

Teenagers who will be reaching the age of 18 on or before Thursday 7th May can vote in the elections, although they must register.

Registering to vote on the electoral roll helps when applying for credit or a loan. Credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

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