A major national advertising campaign is being launched across England to promote voter registration ahead of upcoming local government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections and the European Union (EU) referendum. We are encouraging local people to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote.

On Thursday 5 May voters in England will go to the polls to elect local councillors and a Police and Crime Commissioner. Registering now for the elections in May will also mean voters are registered in good time before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU on 23 June.

The Electoral Commission today launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Monday 18 April. In England, advertising will appear across TV and online on-demand video services. This is in addition to the work already being carried out across England by the Commission and partner organisations, which started earlier this year.

Joanne Lancaster, Electoral Registration Officer for Huntingdonshire, said: "Time is now running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in Huntingdonshire to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you aren’t registered by 18 April. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote."

Ben Brook, Head of the Electoral Commission, English Regions, said: "Our public awareness campaign across England aims to encourage anyone not yet registered, to do so as soon as possible. Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are less likely to be registered to vote. If you’re not registered you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Huntingdonshire."