Are you registered to vote?
That was the question council staff were asking shoppers at Tesco in Borehamwood last month.
In a bid to encourage people to ensure they are registered to have their say at the upcoming elections in May, Head of Democratic Services Paul Hughes, together with Jo Bateman and Ben Magill from Electoral Services, donned special t-shirts and held brightly coloured foam fingers at a registration road show on National Voter Registration Day.
"It was great to be able to get out in the borough with mobile devices to help people get registered on the spot," said Jo, Hertsmere's Principal Electoral Services Officer. "Anna from Corporate Communications was on hand tweeting and putting messages out on Facebook, so we were really able to spread the word.
“The registration process has recently changed so we are doing all we can to make sure people know what they have to do, if anything. You have to register on an individual basis now, as opposed to doing it on one form per household. This is why we’ve recently written to everyone to check the information we hold is correct. If you're not registered you won't get to have a say on what happens where you live and for the country as a whole. You can also be refused credit if you’re not on the electoral roll.”
You can register to vote online, it only takes a few minutes. Please note you will need your National Insurance (NI) number to register.
National Voter Registration Day is run by Bite the Ballot, a party neutral, not-for-profit community interest company.
For more information and to register to vote online call 020 8207 7481.