3 February 2015

All talk and no vote? Make sure you are registered today

Do you want to choose who represents you on 7 May 2015 in the local and national elections?

Brighton & Hove City Council is encouraging any local residents not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day this week (Thursday 5 February) and go online now to register.

There are fewer than 100 days until voters go to the polls when national and local elections take place on the same day in May. Voters go to the polls to elect a member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown, Brighton Pavilion and Hove constituencies. Elections for local councillors in Brighton & Hove take place on the same day. Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Brighton & Hove City Council is running a number of activities to encourage residents to register. Look out for the “All Talk and No Vote” posters and information which will be launched across the city this month. The council is also helping with voter registration promotional events at a range of venues across the city to reach younger voters registering for the first time.

Brighton & Hove City Council Electoral Services team are also writing to residents with more information about what you must do to be registered to vote. Make sure you act on the advice you receive to ensure you are able to vote in a few months’ time.

Penny Thompson, Brighton & Hove City Council Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer, said: “This is an important election year and we want everyone in the city to be part of it. Our “All Talk No Vote” campaign aims to make sure all voices will be heard when the votes are counted. We know local people care about the issues which affect their lives as residents but yet not everyone who is eligible is registered to vote yet. It only takes a few minutes to complete the voter registration form online. I urge everyone to register today and spread the message among friends and family who may not have registered yet. Information is on our website and the Electoral Services team can also be contacted by email or telephone if anyone has any queries. Gaining the vote for everyone over 18 was hard work; let's value and use it”.

For more details visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters and www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/council-and-democracy/voting-and-elections/electoral-register

If you are unsure as to whether you are registered, please contact Brighton & Hove City Council’s Electoral Services office 01273 291999 or email

More information:

The electoral register is held by Brighton & Hove City Council and a printed copy is held at Brighton Town Hall.

To register to vote, sign up at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth