Sixteen and seventeen year olds are encouraged to register to vote

Youngsters aged 16 and 17 are being encouraged to register to vote to ensure they do not miss out on their right to vote in coming elections.

East Lindsey District Council is reminding youngsters they can register now to be sure that they are able to vote in elections following their 18th birthday which could include the elections taking place on May 7, next year.

East Lindsey Returning Officer Stuart Davy said: “The right to vote is very important, it gives everyone a chance to have a say in the decisions which directly affect them. It is therefore vital that you register to vote as soon as possible.”

Following changes in electoral registration which came into force earlier this year, youngsters will have to register themselves to vote – this can be done online at http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling 01507 613435 or 613436.

Following the changes to Individual Electoral Registration, letters were sent out in July to around 10,500 people in the District who needed to re-register. If you have received a reminder letter telling you that you need to re-register, it’s important that you do so as soon as possible.

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