Residents Advised to Register to Vote Without DelayPublished Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Ribble Valley residents who have not yet registered to vote are advised to do so without delay if they want to have their say in the forthcoming European referendum.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, or EU, will take place on Thursday 23 June.
The referendum is seen as one of the most important in Britain for many years, but residents who are not registered to vote will not be able to take part.
Elections for a new police and crime commissioner for Lancashire will also take place on Thursday 5 May.
Sweeping changes to the way residents registered to vote were introduced last year.
Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone who lived at their address, but under the new system, called individual electoral registration, or IER, each person is now required to register to vote individually.
Residents were automatically transferred from the old to the new register during a transition period that ended in December, since which residents not registered under IER have been removed.
To vote for a new police and crime commissioner, residents must be registered by 18 April. To vote in the EU referendum, residents must be registered by 7 June.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Elections are fundamental to our democratic way of life, but if you are not registered you can’t vote and if you don’t vote you can’t have a say in how things are run.
“The forthcoming European referendum is one of the most important in Britain in many years and I am urging residents to register to vote, or they will not be able to have their say.”
Registering to vote
It is now much easier for you to get yourself on the Electoral Register. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and complete the simple registration form. It will ask you to provide your name, address, contact details and your National Insurance number, so please ensure you have this information available before using the form.
The link will take you to an external website, however once you have completed the form, the details will be submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council.
Alternatively if you contact our Elections Team on 01200 414411 / 414426 they will be able to assist you.