Register to Have Your Say in EU ReferendumPublished Friday, 27 May 2016
Ribble Valley residents who have not registered to vote are advised to do so without delay if they want to have their say in the forthcoming EU referendum.
A referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union, or EU, will take place on Thursday 23 June, and to vote residents must be registered by Tuesday 7 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.
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.
Registration to vote is quick and easy at gov.uk/register-to-vote and all you need is your national insurance number, date-of-birth and address.
If you can’t vote in person in the referendum, you can vote by post or proxy – where someone votes on your behalf. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 8 June, and for proxy applications is 5pm on Wednesday 15 June (you and your proxy must both be registered voters). More information can be found in our vote by post section.
Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s electoral registration team on 01200 414411 or gov.uk.