One week left to register to vote, if you haven't already, ahead of General Election

Archived news: published on Monday 15 May 2017 by Fife Council

One week left to register, if you haven't already!

One week left to register, if you haven't already!

With less than a week to go until the deadline to register to vote in the UK general election, Fifers who are eligible, are being encouraged to make sure they’re registered, if they’re not already, to have their say at next month’s election.

On June 8 voters will go to the polls to elect a new Member of Parliament (MP) for their area, known as a constituency.

The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is midnight, Monday 22 May.

Linda Bissett, electoral registration officer for Fife, said: “The UK general election registration deadline is fast approaching. With just a week to go we urge everyone in Fife who aren’t already registered to register to vote by the 22 May deadline to ensure that their voice is heard on Thursday 8 June. It’s important that as many residents across Fife make sure they can take part and don’t lose out.

“You can register to vote in the UK general election if you’re a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen aged 18 or over. However, EU citizens, who aren’t citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus or Malta, aren’t able to vote in UK Parliament elections.

"16 and 17 year olds are also unable to vote in the UK general election.

“To have your say you must be registered. It only takes a few minutes to register to vote, or to choose to vote by post or proxy, where someone votes on your behalf, if you’re unable to cast your vote in person on 8 June. But please remember that if you want to vote by post or proxy you must be registered to vote first.

“The earlier you register to vote and apply for a postal or proxy vote, the quicker we’ll be able to process your application to make sure that you can vote in a way that suits you.

“You can register to vote online and find out how to apply for a postal or proxy vote by visitingwww.fifedirect.org.uk/registertovote

“If you’re already registered you will soon receive a poll card. If your circumstances haven’t changed, for example, you’ve not moved house, you don’t have to register again. If you’re not sure then you can call the electoral registration team on 03451 55 55 11.

“Whatever way you choose to vote, we must receive your completed registration form by midnight on Monday 22 May 2017.

If you’re applying for a new postal vote or wish to amend an existing postal or proxy vote you have until 5 pm Tuesday 23 May and if you want to apply for a new proxy vote you have until 5 pm Wednesday 31 May.

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland added: “Our research indicates that recent home movers in particular are less likely to be registered to vote. If you’ve moved home in the past few months, the fact that you pay council tax does not mean that you are added to the electoral register. Registering to vote can be done online and takes less than five minutes atwww.fifedirect.org.uk/registertovote ”

Electoral Registration
Tel: 03451 55 55 11 Contact Electoral Registration online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

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