East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson is supporting National Voter Registration Day on Thursday 5th February by encouraging local residents to register to vote.
National Voter Registration Day was launched last year by Bite the Ballot and 50,000 people were registered in just one day through events being held across the UK by businesses, community groups and schools. This year the aim is to register 250,000 people.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It is great to see Bite the Ballot being proactive and ambitious in their approach to this issue. It is essential that everyone, especially young people, are aware of the impact their vote could have on the future of the UK.
“Voting is a fundamental right and during the Scottish independence referendum we saw a record local turnout and a fantastic number of first-time voters. With the General Election less than 100 days away, and the Scottish Parliament elections in May next year, it is vital that this level of participation continues in order to secure the best possible future for Scotland.
“Registering is extremely simple and can be done online in under 5 minutes at gov.uk/register-to-vote. I want to encourage as many local people to register to vote in order to make sure that their voices are heard in the upcoming elections.”
Notes to Editors:
- For more information please visit: http://bitetheballot.co.uk/
- You can register to vote online here:http://bitetheballot.co.uk/register-to-vote/ or gov.uk/register-to-vote