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Deadline to register to vote draws close

19 May 2017, 10:10 | Taylor George

Deadline to register to vote draws close

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ANYONE who wants to have a say on who will be the Isle of Wight's next MP, must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday.

Constituents who were already registered to vote in the May elections do not need to register again to vote in the general election. Gerald Meehan, Acting Returning Officer, said: "If you're going away towards the end of May and planning to use a postal vote then please be aware that these will not be delivered to you until between May 24 and June 1, so it may be better for you to apply for a proxy vote instead". Voting by post is an easy and convenient alternative to voting in person.

Proxy voting allows you to nominate someone else to cast your vote for you.

And while interest is high - the number of people visiting the website to apply for a postal or proxy vote has also risen by over 2,000 per cent - there are fears some residents will not realise it is their responsibility to ensure they have a vote at the election on June 8.

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In the run-up to the general election, The Gazette will be profiling the candidates standing in local constituencies.

"Our research indicates that recent home movers in particular are less likely to be registered to vote".

You can register online at Gov.uk/register-to-vote which will take you through the necessary steps to register, which only takes a couple of minutes. Often people think that applying to pay council tax means you are added to the electoral register too, but that is not the case. The views and opinions expressed by individuals in the comments section above do not represent those of Island Echo, it's employees or advertisers.



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