Ensure you register and have your voice – and vote – heard

Vince Cable with Julie Porksen and Sir Alan Beith at the A1
Vince Cable with Julie Porksen and Sir Alan Beith at the A1

Residents of north Northumberland are being encouraged to register to vote as National Voter Registration Day takes place today.

The day was launched last year by Bite the Ballot and 50,000 people were registered in just one day through events held across the UK by businesses, community groups and schools. This year the aim is to register 250,000 people.

Lib Dems Sir Alan Beith and Julie Pörksen are supporting National Voter Registration Day by encouraging people from across the county to register to vote.

MP Sir Alan Beith said: “I hope Bite the Ballot’s campaign, which encourages people to make their voice heard by registering their vote, will be a huge success.

“Elected representatives at all levels are responsible for making decisions which have a huge impact on our daily lives from bin collections, to local hospitals, to the tax we pay.

“It is vital that people have a say on who represents them by casting their vote.”

Julie Pörksen, who is fighting to succeed Sir Alan as the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed in May’s General Election, added: “During the Scottish independence referendum, we saw the people of Scotland mobilised like never before with a record turnout and a fantastic number of first-time voters. With the General Election less than 100 days away, I hope we can see the same sort of turnout here in the Berwick constituency. Every vote will count.

“Registering is extremely simple and can be done online in under five minutes at gov.uk/register-to-vote

“I want to encourage as many local people to register to vote in order to make sure that their voices are heard in the upcoming election.”

Registering to vote can be done easily online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and it helps if you have your National Insurance number to hand.

You can also download a form to fill in and return by post. Alternatively contact the elections team at the county council on 01670 624811 to have a form sent out.