Edinburgh celebrates National Voter Registration Day

Edinburgh’s residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote this National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).

People across the country will go to the polls on Thursday, 7th May to vote for the MPs to represent them at Westminster.

NVRD, organised by Bite the Ballot, aims to raise awareness of the voter registration process around the UK.

Since 19th September the way citizens register to vote has changed and letters advising of this change have been issued to all electors in Edinburgh.

All those who have not registered to vote, or have moved address since the Referendum, should have received an Invitation to Register form, which can be returned online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For assistance with a telephone registration call the Lothian and Valuation Joint Board on 0131 344 2500.

In September, more than 84% of the city’s residents voted in the Scottish Independence Referendum, which saw a record-breaking turnout across the country.

Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council and Returning Officer for Edinburgh, said: “Elections are an opportunity to have a say on things that matter to us all. Edinburgh’s huge turnout in the Scottish Independence Referendum was extremely encouraging and no doubt the majority of people who took part in September will be keen to cast their vote in May.

“Registering is the first part of the voting process so it is essential that the public make sure they are on the electoral roll. Anyone who is unsure about how to register, where to vote or how to vote by post can find more information on the Council website.”

Find out more about NVRD on Bite the Ballot’s website.

Further details about registering to vote and how to vote are also available on the Council website.

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