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General Election 7 May: make sure you can vote

Published: 19/03/2015

A national advertising campaign is underway to encourage voter registration ahead of the General Election and Flintshire County Council is encouraging local people to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote On Thursday, 7 May voters will go to the polls to elect Members of Parliament for the two parliamentary constituencies in Flintshire, Delyn and Alyn and Deeside. The Electoral Commission launched its national voter registration campaign earlier this week to remind people to register by April 20. The television advert can be seen here. Colin Everett, Returning Officer said, “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible, otherwise they will miss the opportunity to vote in the coming General Election. You can’t vote, if you aren’t registered by 20 April. We encourage those who have not registered to do so on-line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - it only takes a few minutes - and for anyone who is in any doubt as to whether they are registered to contact our Elections Office on 01352 702412 Background information Recent research conducted by YouGov for the Electoral Commission found that: · 21% of people who rent privately think they’re automatically registered to vote if they pay council tax · 40% of those surveyed think it is not possible to register to vote online in England, Scotland and Wales. · 69% do not know that the deadline to register to vote, with 13% thinking it is already too late to register. When given a choice of five options only 32% correctly identified the deadline as 20 April


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