Electoral register could win you iPad
THE new Labour-led city council hopes the chance of winning an iPad will persuade more people to sign up to vote, writes Political reporter Keith Rossiter.
The council is launching a drive to get more people on the electoral register.
Over-18s are being urged to register in time for the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall this autumn.
A spokeswoman for Plymouth City Council said: "Signing up as many eligible people as possible to the electoral register is one of the 100 key priorities set out by the new Labour council administration."
More than 116,000 voter registration forms have been posted to households across the city.
People who return the completed forms will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning two iPads.
Council leader Tudor Evans said: "We are committed to improving electoral registration rates in the city and want to make sure as many people as possible are engaged in the democratic process.
"It's particularly important that we ensure young voters sign up to the register and are empowered to vote and we will be targeting those who have recently turned 18 so they don't lose their right to vote.
"We will also be urging housing associations and landlords to encourage registration among tenants."
Residents who have no changes to make to the electoral registration forms, who live at the same address and with the same people as last year, can confirm their details at any time on an automated phone line or online.
If people have recently moved or if there have been changes to the people living in a house, the forms need to be completed and returned by post.