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General Election 2017: Register to vote by midnight on Monday

Islanders must register to vote by midnight on Monday to take part in the June 8 General Election and choose the Isle of Wight's next MP.

Islanders must register to vote by midnight on Monday to take part in the June 8 General Election and choose the Isle of Wight's next MP.

a County Press reporter

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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:40

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.
The general election takes place on June 8, when the Island will choose a new member of parliament after Andrew Turner stood down in disgrace following an outcry over comments made about homosexuality.
Islanders not registered to vote at their current address can register online at www.gov.uk/registertovote
If you have received your poll card then you are already registered and you do not need to reapply.
If you will be unable to cast your vote in person on June 8, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.
The deadline to return your application to vote by post for the general election is 5pm on Tuesday, May 23.
If you are already registered and have chosen to vote by post, your postal voting ballot paper will be delivered from Saturday, May 20. Please make sure you remember to sign and put your date of birth on your postal vote statement and include it with your postal vote when returning it.
Proxy voting allows you to nominate someone else to cast your vote for you. The deadline to apply to vote by proxy at the general election is 5pm on Wednesday May 31.
Chris Mathews, electoral registration officer for Isle of Wight Council, said: “With just a few days to go, we urge everyone in the Isle of Wight to register to vote by the May 22 deadline, if they haven’t already done so, to ensure that their voice is heard on Thursday, June 8.
"This election is an opportunity to have your say on who will represent the people of the Isle of Wight at a national level. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity.”
Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “Our research indicates that recent home movers in particular are less likely to be registered to vote.
"Often people think that applying to pay council tax means you are added to the electoral register too, but that is not the case. If you’ve moved house in the past few months make sure you take five minutes and go online to register to vote now.”

 


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