With a few days to go until the deadline to register to vote in the general election, the Isle of Wight Council is urging residents to make sure they are registered in time.
On Thursday 8th June voters on the Isle of Wight will go to the polls to elect their Member of Parliament in the general election. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday (22nd May).
Anyone not registered to vote at their current address can register online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. If you have received your poll card then you are already registered and you do not need to reapply.
If you will be unable to cast your vote in person on 8th June, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. Voting by post is an easy and convenient alternative to voting in person. In England, Scotland and Wales, the deadline to return your application to vote by post for the general election is 17:00 on Tuesday 23rd May. If you are already registered and have chosen to vote by post, your postal voting ballot paper is being delivered from Saturday 20th May. Make sure you remember to sign and put your date of birth on your postal vote statement and include it with your postal vote when returning it.
Proxy voting allows you to nominate someone else to cast your vote for you. The deadline to apply to vote by proxy at the general election is 17:00 on Wednesday 31st May.
Chris Mathews, Electoral Registration Officer for Isle of Wight Council, said:
“The general election registration deadline is fast approaching. With just a few days to go, we urge everyone in the Isle of Wight to register to vote by the 22 May deadline, if they haven’t already done so, to ensure that their voice is heard on Thursday 8 June.
“This election is an opportunity to have your say on who will represent the people of the Isle of Wight 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.”