Only days left to register to vote for General Election

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News release: 15 May 2017

Residents in the St Albans District who want to have a say at the General Election have only days left to register to vote.

General Election deadline
The deadline is midnight on Monday 22 May with only those on the electoral register being eligible to vote.

Anyone not registered to vote at their current address can do so online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form.

If you are already registered, you do not need to do so again and will receive a poll card in the post.

The General Election takes place on Thursday 8 June with two seats in the St Albans District to be contested. 

They are St Albans; and Hitchin and Harpenden. A list of candidates can be viewed here: bit.ly/2qzimxK

Michael Lovelady, Electoral Registration Officer for St Albans City and District, said: “The General Election registration deadline is fast approaching. 

“With just a few days to go, we urge everyone not yet registered to vote to register by the Monday 22 May deadline to ensure that their voice is heard.

“This election is an opportunity to say who you want to represent you 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.”

For those residents who do not wish to register online, a paper copy of the registration form is available.

It can be obtained from the local registration office by email on elections@stalbans.gov.uk or by phone on 01727 819294.

If you will be unable to cast your vote in person on 8 June, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.  The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.

Proxy voting allows you to nominate someone else to cast your vote for you, although you have to give a reason for this.  The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.

Application forms for postal and proxy votes can be downloaded from www.yourvotematters.co.uk. They can also be obtained from the local registration office.

Once completed, the paper registration forms and applications to vote by post and proxy need to be sent to: The Electoral Registration Officer, St Albans City and District Council, The Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans. AL1 3JE.

Media contact: 
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130 

Note:
To be eligible to vote in the General Election, a person must be registered to vote; aged 18 or over; a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; and not subject of any legal incapacity to vote.
A list of qualifying Commonwealth countries is available here: bit.ly/2pdEtGv
Additionally, the following cannot vote: members of the House of Lords; EU citizens resident in the UK; convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences; and anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.