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Upsurge in people registering to vote – are you one of them?

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12 May 2017

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Hundreds of Enfield residents have signed up to join the electoral register ahead of two important election periods – the by-election for a local councillor in Enfield Lock ward on Thursday 18 May and general election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

- Voter registrations increase as by-election and parliamentary election approach

- Eligible residents urged to register to vote

- Don’t duplicate your registration; look out for your polling cards

Hundreds of Enfield residents have signed up to join the electoral register ahead of two important election periods – the by-election for a local councillor in Enfield Lock ward on Thursday 18 May and general election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Enfield Council officers have reported a surge in sign-ups and are urging those eligible voters who are NOT already on the electoral roll to get moving as deadlines for registration are approaching.

The final date, for anyone not already registered within the Enfield Lock ward, to apply for inclusion on the electoral register in advance of the by-election is Tuesday 2 May 2017. With the Bank Holiday this Monday, that doesn’t leave much time. The deadline for new Postal Vote applications will be 5pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017 and for new Proxy Vote applications 5pm on Wednesday 10 May 2017.

As for the general election, you have until Monday 22 May to register to vote. The deadline for new Postal Vote applications will be 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017 and for new Proxy Vote applications 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

The easiest way to register to vote is by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and using their online registration service. You will need your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance Number. However, if you are already registered to vote, you do not need to re-register. All those currently registered and eligible to vote in the Enfield Lock by-election will already have received a poll card.  Deliveries of poll cards for the general election are due to begin on Monday 8 May, so if you haven’t received a poll card by the end of that week you can check with the Electoral Services Team.

Answers to questions about election services, voting and registration can be found via this link. Enfield Council’s website has a wealth of information on by-elections, parliamentary elections and voting. Go to www.enfield.gov.uk and use the search function at the top of the page. MPs represent your local area in parliament which is why it is important to exercise your democratic right to vote.

Remember, you are eligible to vote in the Enfield Lock by-election if you are registered at an address in that ward, and for the general election at an address in the Parliamentary constituency.  In both elections you will need to be 18 or over on polling day and a British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK.  Whilst citizens of the EU who are already registered will be able to vote in the Enfield Lock by-election, they will not be eligible to vote at the general election.