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General Election: Have you registered to vote?

The East Riding’s acting returning officer has moved to reassure people concerned that they have yet to receive a polling card for the General Election on Thursday June 8th. The first wave of poll cards have already been sent out to people who registered to vote and a second batch of cards are due to be sent out later this month.

Caroline Lacey, acting returning officer, also confirmed that votes could still be cast even without a poll card. “I’d like to reassure people who are on the electoral register and who may not receive a poll card not to panic as they will still be able to cast their vote without out it,” she told Beverley FM. But it is essential for voters to be registered and people who wish to vote in the general election and are not already on the electoral register only have until 23.59 on Monday, 22nd May to register.

Registration is quick and easy and can be done online. An electoral registration form can be found and completed online via East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s website – www.eastriding.gov.uk/registertovote or at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Residents can also register by contacting the council’s electoral services on (01482) 393300 or by emailing electoral.services@eastriding.gov.uk

People who are already on the electoral register but are unable to get to their polling station on election day are able to vote by post. An application form can be found on the council’s website – www.eastriding.gov.uk/registertovote and the closing date for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday, 23 May.