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Vale residents urged to vote in the UK General Election 2017

 

10 May 2017

 

In June Vale residents will be given the chance to elect a Member of the UK Parliament to represent them in their constituency.

 

EC GE English Infographics June 2017-1Following the recent Local Elections, Vale of Glamorgan residents are now being urged to vote in the General Election on 08 June 2017.

 

Before doing so, residents must ensure that they are first registered to vote.

 

If you registered, or applied to register, for the Local Elections there will be no need to re-register to vote for the forthcoming General Election.

 

If you have not registered, you can do so now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, with the deadline being midnight of 22 May.

 

To vote at the UK General Election you must be registered to vote and be:

 

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

 

The following cannot vote in a UK Parliament election:

  • members of the House of Lords
  • EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the UK
  • anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

 

Once you have registered to vote, you may wish to decide how you are going to cast that vote.

 

There are three ways you can vote. The first is in person: you will receive a poll card telling you which polling station to visit on 08 June, and will cast your vote there.

 

Alternatively, you may wish to vote by post. To do so, you must have applied to register by 22 May. Your application to vote by post must arrive no later than 5pm on 23 May.

 

Finally, you can also vote by proxy. This means that you might choose someone to vote on your behalf. Again, you must have applied to register by 22 May, and you must submit your application to arrive no later than 5pm on 31 May. Both you and your proxy must be registered to vote in order to vote this way.

 

To download the application forms for a postal or proxy vote, visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk.     

 

You can visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk, or call 0800 3 280 280 for more information. 

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