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Middleton Cheney Parish Council

Serving the people of Middleton Cheney

All Saints Church 1920

Clerk: Mrs Valerie Furniss
Parish Meeting Rooms
Middleton Cheney, Banbury
Oxon OX17 2LR

Tel: 01295 713500

Press Release SNC

Posted: Mon, 15 May 2017 21:13 by Alan Youel

Date: 12 May 2017

Issue: SNCPR13535

For Immediate Release

Deadline looms for voter registration

Time is running out for people to register to vote in this year's general election with less than two weeks to go until the application deadline.

Eligible voters who have yet to submit their details for the electoral register only have until 11.59pm on Monday, 22 May to ensure they are included in time to vote in the general election, which takes place on 8 June.

Electors who voted in the recent May elections or received a poll card do not need to re-register.

Paul Sutton, (Acting) Returning Officer for South Northamptonshire and Cherwell, said: "The eligibility criterion for those able to vote in the upcoming general election is different to the local elections which took place in May.

"However the one thing that remains the same is that those who are eligible must be registered to vote or they will be turned away on polling day.

"Any eligible voter who was registered to vote before 26 April this year should have received their poll card for the general election.

"Anyone who registered after this date will receive their poll card when the second and final batch is posted on 25 May.

"What's important is that anyone who has not received a poll card and who has not registered needs to do so before the 22 May deadline or they will not be able to have their say in the general election."

Eligible voters in a general election are British, Republic of Ireland or qualifying Commonwealth citizens who are over the age of 18 and not subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

Exceptions include - but are not limited to – convicted prisoners, members of the House of Lords and EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) who are resident in the UK.

The upcoming general election will enable eligible voters to elect an MP to represent their local constituency.

In South Northamptonshire, electors will be voting in either the South Northamptonshire or Daventry constituencies.

Anyone who will be unable to attend a polling station to vote on 8 June has until 5pm on 23 May to apply for a postal vote which will be delivered on or around the 25 May or 30 May.

Postal votes will need to be returned to the issuing council along with the signed declaration and their date of birth in the envelope provided before 10pm on 8 June.

It is crucial that these forms are completed in full to ensure that postal votes are valid.

Alternatively, those who cannot attend a polling station have until 5pm on 31 May to apply for a proxy vote.

This will entitle them to nominate a trusted friend or relative to vote on their behalf at their polling station on 8 June.

To register to vote visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before 11.59pm on 22 May.

For more information on registering for a postal or proxy vote visit www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk.

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