MP calls for voters to register in advance General Election

Jo Swinson
Jo Swinson

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson is urging local people to make sure they are registered to vote for next year’s UK General Election.

Following the massive local turnout of 91 per cent at last month’s referendum, Ms Swinson is hoping voters in East Dunbartonshire will continue to engage with the democratic process.

For next year’s election, all voters will have to be registered individually, whereas previously the head of the household was charged with ensuring all those living there were on the roll.

Ms Swinson said: “The ability to vote in free and fair elections is one of the most treasured freedoms we have, and I was delighted that so many local people cast their vote in the independence referendum.

“The new system couldn’t be simpler and is fit for the modern age. It will mean that individuals take responsibility for registration and the system is less open to fraud.”

She added: “Last month, the government announced over a million people had already used the new online system, and we all heard stories of people queuing up to register for the independence referendum.”

The process to register is quick and simple and all that’s required to register is your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

To register for next year’s election, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote