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Thursday, May 26, 2016

You can’t miss it – Electoral Commission campaign launches ahead of EU referendum

With the EU referendum fast approaching, West Lancashire Borough Council is urging residents to look out for the Electoral Commission’s information booklet which is being delivered in the coming weeks.

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The booklet, which is being delivered to every household across the UK, contains important information for voters on the referendum, how to register to vote and how to cast your vote.

Alongside delivery of the information guide, the Electoral Commission has launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Tuesday 7 June.

Advertising will appear across TV, radio and online on demand video services encouraging viewers to make sure they don’t miss the information booklet.

Kim Webber, Electoral Registration Officer for West Lancashire Borough Council, said:

“There is still time to make sure you can take part in the EU referendum, so I’d encourage everyone in West Lancashire to act now if they’re not already registered to vote. “Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you’re not registered by Tuesday 7 June. It’s easy to register and only takes a few minutes online – just head to register to vote (external link).

“People who received a Poll Card for the 2016 Borough Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections don’t need to re-register to vote in the Referendum unless their circumstances have changed, eg if they have moved house. Anyone who wants to check they are registered can call the Elections Office on 01695 585014.”

Ben Brook, Electoral Commission Head of Performance and English Regional Teams, said:

“Keep an eye out for our information booklet which is being delivered to homes across the UK. It contains really important information on how to take part in this historic event.

“We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to take part, is able to. Our advice is to plan in advance where you will be on polling day. If you’re likely to be away on the day and will be unable to get to the polling station then you can look at options for postal or proxy votes.”

To assist people the detail of the applications process is as follows:

Register to Vote You can fill in an online registration by visiting Register to vote (external link) or Register to vote. For more information please email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet please ask the elections office for a paper registration form. The closing date to be on the register so you can vote in the EU Referendum is Tuesday 7 June 2016.

Postal or Proxy Votes To apply for a postal or proxy vote form please call the Elections Office on 01695 585014, email electionsoffice@westlancs.gov.uk, download an application form from elections or call in to: The Council Offices, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF. Your completed application form for a postal vote must reach the Council by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016. Completed application forms for a proxy vote must arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

Emergency Proxy Votes Applications to vote by emergency proxy in the Referendum applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday, 15 June 2016, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy in the Referendum for work/service reasons that arise after 5pm on Wednesday, 15 June 2016, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

More information for voters is available at about my vote (external link).

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