People have less than two weeks until the deadline to register to vote in the EU Referendum, or risk not having their say on this key national issue.
The deadline for people to register to vote in the EU referendum is 7 June, and the deadline for postal vote applications is 8 June. Proxy votes need to be registered by 15 June. Anyone who is already on the electoral roll does not need to re-register, and will receive their polling card in due course.
The EU Referendum takes place on 23 June and there will be hundreds of polling stations located up and down the county.
Young people who are eligible to vote are particularly encouraged to make sure they are registered. Some members of the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth have contributed to a short video encouraging young people to register to vote if they have not already done so and have explained why it is important to their future to get involved. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/MGEGsINfnG8
Registering to vote only takes a few minutes and all people need to complete the process is their date of birth and National Insurance number.
Carlton Brand, Wiltshire Council corporate director and returning officer for Wiltshire said: “We want as many people in Wiltshire to come out and vote on 23 June as it’s good for democracy if there’s a high turnout as that shows that local people really care about issues that affect them.
“In particular, I’d encourage young people who are eligible to vote for the first time to make sure they get on to the electoral roll. If we can engage them to join the political process from an early age then it means future generations will be passionate and more informed about local and national issues that will impact their daily lives.”
Two members of the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth are very keen for young people to register to vote and have their say.
Freya Pigott said: “It’s important to vote as it’s an exercise of your democratic rights as a citizen in a free democracy. This is a right that so many people around the world are denied, especially for women, and so it’s incredibly important that you utilise your vote, and show that you are thankful to have it.”
Chloe Lintern said: “’It is important to vote, so you can change the future of your country. You can have a say on the decisions that are made, however if you don’t vote you are losing the chance to have a say – yet the decisions made will affect your life in one way or another. You should all vote because essentially you are the future.’
More information, including how to register to vote, can be found at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.