Ref­er­en­dum dead­line loom­ing

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents are be­ing urged to make sure they are reg­is­tered to vote in the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

It only takes five min­utes to reg­is­ter but, with polling day just three weeks away, time is run­ning out for res­i­dents to have their say.

Elec­toral Com­mis­sion re­search shows that 44 per­cent of peo­ple who are not reg­is­tered mis­tak­enly be­lieve they are. Those par­tic­u­larly at risk of los­ing the chance to vote are peo­ple who have moved house in the past cou­ple of years and younger peo­ple.

The dead­line for reg­is­ter­ing to vote is Tues­day, Septem­ber 2. The dead­line for new postal and proxy vote ap­pli­ca­tions is 5pm on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 3.

David Thom­son, elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer for Dun­bar­ton­shire, Ar­gyll and Bute, said: “We want to re­mind peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those who may be vot­ing for the first time or have re­cently moved ad­dress, to check they are reg­is­tered. If you are un­sure whether you are reg­is­tered please con­tact the elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fice on 0141 562 1200 for East and West Dun­bar­ton­shire or 01586 555300 for Ar­gyll and Bute.”

Any­one who is 16 or over and a Bri­tish, Euro­pean Union or qual­i­fy­ing Com­mon­wealth ci­ti­zen liv­ing in Scot­land is el­i­gi­ble to vote.

Polling will take place between 7am and 10pm on Septem­ber 18.

More in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able from www. dab-vjb. gov. uk/ lat­est- news and in­for­ma­tion on vot­ing can be found at www.about­myvote.co.uk.

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