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Drive to get people on to the voting register

Fenland District Council is urging anyone who is not yet registered to vote to do so as soon as possible.

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The call comes on the eve of National Voter Registration Drive, the annual, week-long campaign led by the charity Bite the Ballot and the Electoral Commission.

Anyone who isn't registered won't be able to vote in the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire on May 5. The deadline for registration for that poll is Monday, April 18.

National Voter Registration Drive runs from February 1-7. The campaign is particularly aimed at young people and students, who are among the groups least likely to register.

Joanne Anderson, Fenland District Council's electoral services team leader, said: "We will be attending local schools to raise awareness in young people about the importance of registering. However, I'd urge anyone not yet registered to do so as soon as possible and to spread the message to their families and friends.

"It only takes a few minutes to complete the online form. If you're not registered, you miss out on the chance to have a say on all sorts of issues that affect your everyday life."

The council will also be promoting the campaign on social media during the week, using the hashtag #NVRD.

Residents can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. They can also get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the council on 01354 654321.

Article added January 26, 2016