National Voter Registration Day: make your voice count!

Today is the UK’s first National Voter Registration Day, a new initiative to encourage more people to join the electoral register and vote. The right to vote is one of the greatest privileges of our society, and a vital way in which we can shape our country and community for the better. We are fortunate to live in a democracy where everyone has a voice, and every vote counts. Yet too many people are not registered to vote, including nearly half of adults under the age of 24. That is why I have recently written to schools and young people in East Surrey about the importance of registering to vote, and why I would strongly encourage everyone – whatever your age and whatever your views ? to make sure that you are on the register, and that your voice gets heard. You can add your name to the electoral roll at any time of the year at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/ , but remember that it takes a few days to process, and elections can be called at short notice ? so don’t delay! Image: Sam attending Democracy Day at Warlingham School