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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, June 23rd, and to vote residents must be registered by Tuesday, June 7th.

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 and all people need is their national insurance number, date-of-birth plus their address.

People who are struggling to vote in person in the referendum, can vote by post or proxy – where someone votes on their behalf.

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5 pm on Wednesday, June 8th, and for proxy applications is 5 pm on Wednesday, June 15th (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.