EU referendum voter registration deadline extended

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Ribble Valley residents have until midnight today (Thursday) to register to vote in time for the EU referendum.

A referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union, or EU, will take place on Thursday, June 23rd.

The deadline for registration was originally Tuesday, June 7th, but due to technical problems with the Government’s registration portal the deadline has been extended, subject to legislation being passed.

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.

Registration to vote is quick and easy at gov.uk and all you need is your national insurance number, date of birth and address.

Anyone who can’t vote in person in the referendum, can vote by proxy – where someone votes on their behalf. The deadline for proxy applications is 5 pm on Wednesday, June 15th. Both the person and their proxy must both be registered voters.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s electoral registration team on 01200 414411 or gov.uk.