19 May 2016
Local businesses in Mid Sussex are getting involved in helping to spread the word about Registering to Vote.
To be eligible to vote in the EU Referendum on 23rd of June you must register to vote by Tuesday 7th June. If you are already on the voting roll you do not need to re-register.
A recent survey by the Electoral Commission found that one in ten people (12%) think they are able to register to vote right up to the day of the election, with many unaware of the deadline date of 7th June.
In Mid Sussex, local companies have been rallying round the government’s campaign to encourage voter registration. Local printer Vektor helped create banners for Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath town centres with the message “Register to Vote, Make your mark.”
Premier Marketing, a creative branded merchandise company in Burgess Hill, helped by producing some handy keyrings, a practical and lasting reminder to those who have moved house recently to update their details on the Register. “We’ve been very pleased to be involved with this project” said Peter Holding from Premier Marketing, “it has been interesting to see other posters going up around the town and it will directly encourage people to register to vote.”
Mid Sussex District Council’s Private Sector Tenancy Negotiator Stuart Biddulph works with private landlords to help them let out their property, “We have sent out some keyrings to local landlords for use when they let their properties, moving is a busy time so little reminders can help.” The keyrings will also go out to local housing associations.
In another promotion, surrounds for takeaway coffee cups have been created which read “Politics is hotting up, be part of it”. East Grinstead café owner Rolandas from The Old Bank Café said “We are a recently opened café and happy to support this campaign.”
Customers of the The Triangle, The Dolphin and King’s Centre Leisure Centres are also among local landmarks using the handy cup surround reminders. “We get lots of young people visiting the leisure centres and I really do hope this reminds them about registering to vote, we are happy to be part of this.” said Chris Markham of Places for People Leisure.
Tom Clark, Returning Officer for Mid Sussex District Council said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. I’d like to thank everyone who is helping to spread the word and I’d urge everyone to remind family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form or to register to vote online.”
You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Local residents can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting Electoral Services on 01444 477003.