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Reminder for voters to register ahead of December General Election

Published on Monday, November 11, 2019

Polling station signpost

PEOPLE across Leicester are being called on to ensure they are registered to vote in next month’s General Election.

The United Kingdom will be going to the polls on December 12, and voters in the city who want to have their say need to be registered to do so.

The deadline for applying to vote is Tuesday, November 26. Anyone can vote if they are 18 or over on the day of the election, and are either a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK.

Voters also need to be on the electoral register. People only have to register once, but will need to re-register if they have changed address, name or nationality since they first registered.

People can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Additionally, the election on December 12 will be the first winter election in around 100 years – a big departure from the usual early May dates on which elections are held.

Voters concerned that the dark, wintry weather may prevent them from getting to their local polling station can apply to vote by post.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is also November 26.

Leicester City Council’s acting returning officer, Miranda Cannon, said: “It is vitally important that people play their part in local democracy by using their right to vote and choose their MP.

“We want to make sure that everyone who wants to cast their vote is able to do so, by ensuring they are registered to vote. It is a simple process to register, but people must do so in plenty of time to make sure they can take part in the forthcoming election.”

It is a legal requirement to be registered to vote, and being absent from the electoral register can have an impact on the availability of credit agreements such as mortgages, loans or mobile phone contracts.

Anyone can check whether they are registered to vote in Leicester by contacting Leicester City Council on 0116 454 2000 or by visiting the Customer Service Centre, at 91 Granby Street, which is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am to 5pm, and on Fridays from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

More information on elections and voting in the city is available from the city council on https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/elections-and-voting/

Leicester’s voters will be electing MPs to the city’s three seats – Leicester West, Leicester East and Leicester South.

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