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Deadline to register to vote approaches

  • Council and democracy

Residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote as the deadline approaches for registration ahead of next month’s General Election.

Barnet residents must be registered to vote by 22 May.

Eligible residents who have not yet registered can make sure they are able to participate in these important elections by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to apply to be on the register.

You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered. 

The first set of poll cards started being sent out to residents already on the electoral register from 10 May.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May; and the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm, Wednesday 31 May.

The electoral register has increased by 4.69% from 1 Dec 2015 to 1 Dec 2016 to 241,737, and it is expected it will be at its highest ever level in Barnet for the election on 8 June 2017.

The election on 8 June will involve 155 polling stations across the borough, with a total of around 700 staff working on polling duties and on the election count, which will take place at Allianz Park.

Residents can view the Notice of Election and Statement of Persons Nominated, along with answers to a number of frequently asked questions, by visiting www.barnet.gov.uk/elections.

John Hooton, Chief Executive of Barnet Council and Acting Returning Officer, said: “With the General Election fast approaching it is important that residents make sure they are on the electoral register.

“We expect the register to be at its highest ever level in Barnet for the election, but it is very important that anyone not yet registered does so before the deadline so they can have their say when the country goes to the polls.

“Anyone not already registered has until the 22 May.

“A great deal of hard work and planning is going into preparing for the election. If residents have any questions about voting in the elections, please visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk ”

If residents have any questions for the Barnet Council Electoral Services, please contact the dedicated helpline: 020 8359 4111.

More information on the election can be found by visiting: www.barnet.gov.uk/elections

 

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