Published Friday 10 April 2015 at 8:32
Time is running out to register to vote in this year’s general and local elections in Blackburn with Darwen.
The deadline to register to vote in the 2015 elections is Monday, April 20.
There are huge benefits to registering to vote – not just being able to play your part in elections.
Being registered on the electoral roll makes it easier to get a credit card, get a mortgage and can even help prevent fraud.
When you apply for credit, including new mobile phone, gas and electricity contracts, the lender will usually carry out a credit check – your application will give the lender permission to access your credit report. This includes information about where you are registered to vote, and lenders use this information to help confirm your name and address in order to combat fraud
Not registering to vote, being registered to vote at an old address, or adding the wrong details on the electoral roll (electoral register) can mean you may be refused credit. On top of this, you might also find it difficult to:
- Get insurance
- Access legal and accountancy services
- Open savings accounts or other investments
- Get a passport
- Apply for certain jobs where your credit report is checked as part of the process.
Harry Catherall, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: “
Anyone who hasn’t registered to vote yet should do so as soon as possible – this is the best way to have your say on issues that affect your lives.
“It only takes a few minutes to complete the form online or to call our elections line. The right to vote is one of the key ways people have to make their voice heard and it can also make many other areas of your life a lot easier.
“Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote. We’re urging them to take a few minutes to get onto the electoral register and use their vote.”
To register now just log on to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call (01254) 585585.