Register your right to vote

Derbyshire County Council Council is urging people who are eligible to vote to make sure they’re registered .

The call follows the launch of a £4.2m Government fund to encourage under-represented groups to enrol on the electoral register.

The fund was set up after national research confirmed that certain groups, including young people aged 16 to 24 and people in social housing were less likely to be on the electoral roll.

Nearly half of 18- to 24-year-olds were not on the register nationally, and in some regions only a third of 16- to 17-year-olds who should register ahead of their first elections are registered to vote.

Community organisations across the country are being invited to bid for cash from the fund to deliver innovative projects aimed at getting more people on the electoral register.

It’s all part of the UK moving to a system of individual voter registration in 2014. At the moment, people are registered by household with the head of a household responsible for ensuring all eligible voters are included.

In future, everyone will be expected to register individually, providing identification such as their National Insurance number – although two-thirds of people already on the register will not have to do anything. Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/consultations