General Election 2017 – Don’t leave it too late to register to vote

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Nottingham people are being urged not to leave it too late to register to vote in the General Election.

People who are already registered don’t need to register again to vote in the General Election. But if you’re not yet registered, you need to do it by midnight on Monday 22 May.

The easiest and quickest way to register to vote is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . Alternatively you can contact the City Council’s Electoral Services team on 0115 876 4111.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote in the General Election is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.  The deadline to apply for a proxy vote –  where you can appoint another person to vote on your behalf – is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.

According to an Electoral Commission report published last year, the younger you are, the less likely you are to be registered to vote.

96% of people aged 65 or over were registered to vote while 93% of those aged between 55 and 64 were registered.

This compares to 65% of 18 and 19 year-olds and 67% of 20 to 24 year-olds who were eligible to be registered to vote.

The report also shows that people from ethnic backgrounds are less likely to be registered to vote.

80% of people who regard their ethnicity as Asian are registered and 76% of people who regard their ethnicity as Black. This compares to 85% of people being registered who regard their ethnicity as White.

For more information on registering to vote or voting in the General Election on 8 June, visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/GE2017

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