Voter registration campaign a sad throwback to bad old days

Posted on 4 February 2016 (Permalink)

Graham will be leading a voter registration drive on Saturday 6th February held in Trinity Square from 11am.

“I never thought we would see the need for a Martin Luther King style voter registration drive in Nottingham.It will take place a short walk from where three young men were hanged on the steps of Shire Hall for asking for the right to vote in 1832.People are being pushed off the register by techniques first used by Republicans against Democrats in America.


It is vitally important that residents have their say at the ballot box. I’d encourage everyone to make sure they have their voices heard” said Graham Allen MP for Nottingham North

 

This week sees the third annual National Voter Registration Drive (NVRD). Organised by Bite the Ballot (BTB), there is a week of social action, calling on people to register to vote and begin to drive the political agenda by becoming active change makers.

 

Last year NVRD saw the most successful registration drive (per capita) of any Western democracy, with 441,696 people registering to vote.

 

Over 1-7 February 2016, BTB and Partners will coordinate the UK’s third annual Drive to get people registered on the electoral roll. With over a million1 names falling off the electoral register in December 2015, over 100 national and local elections taking place in May - and an increasingly likely EU referendum - 2016’s campaign couldn’t be timelier.

 

Graham who was Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee 2010-15 said: “This is an issue I feel strongly on and NVRD is a perfect example of the action needed to make democracy more accessible to citizens and convince them it is worth voting - no matter who they vote for!

 

Registering takes a little as 5 minutes, and all you need is your National Insurance number. You can register by clicking this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

Democracy can only work if the people have their say, and BTB’s NVRD campaign is vital in ensuring people are empowered to vote in May 2016, and in the EU referendum. I look forward to encouraging people to get on the register this Saturday.