Deadlines announced as voter registration drive continues
|Author: Gavin Moore||Published: 1st November 2019 12:21|
Registration deadlines for the 2019 general election have been published, as South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) continues its annual electoral canvass.
The election has been called for Thursday, 12 December 2019. The council is highlighting to local voters that the deadline to register to vote and the deadline for postal vote applications are both Tuesday, 26 November 2019.
Postal vote applications will close at 5pm and applications to register to vote will be open until midnight.
People who have recently registered to vote and whose circumstances are unchanged do not need to re-register to vote in the general election.
SNC has been running its annual electoral canvass, aimed at keeping the electoral register up to date, since July. Canvassers are now going door to door to register those who have not yet responded.
Richard Ellis, returning officer for South Northants, said: “It is often the case that the postal vote falls after the vote registration deadline, so we want to make it really clear to people that this time they are both on the same date: 26 November 2019.
“We’ve been running our annual registration campaign since July, and I would reassure anyone who knows they have already responded to that and registered to vote, that they do not need to do so again for the general election.
“As always, anyone whose circumstances have recently changed, for example moving home or turning 18, should update their information as soon as possible.
“And I encourage anyone who receives a knock on their door from our team of canvassers, to welcome them - they are there to make sure you can vote in the general election.”
The door-knocking campaign will continue until Monday, 25 November 2019, but it is not too late for people to update or confirm their electoral registration details by responding to the Household Enquiry Form or reminder letter.
Residents can respond by text message, online, phone, or using the enclosed self-addressed envelope. Text and online responses are the quickest and most efficient.
After responding to the Household Enquiry Forms, those not already registered to vote will be able to register through an Invitation to Register application form or www.gov.uk/registertovote.
Anyone whose circumstances change must make sure their electoral registration information is up to date. That could include moving home, turning 18 and needing to register for the first time, or a change of name following marriage or divorce.
Voters wanting a new postal vote, or looking to change an existing postal or proxy vote, must apply by 5pm on Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Anyone applying for a new proxy vote must do so by 5pm on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.
The council will publish the statement of candidates for the South Northants parliamentary constituency on Thursday, 14 November 2019.