With the EU referendum fast approaching, Torbay Council is urging residents make sure they are registered to vote. If they are already registered then they don’t have to complete the process again.

An information booklet from the Electoral Commission will be delivered to every household in the UK in the coming weeks. It contains important information for voters on the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, how to register to vote and how to cast your vote on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Alongside delivery of the guide, the Electoral Commission has launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Tuesday 7 June.

Advertising will appear across TV, radio and online on demand video services encouraging viewers to make sure they don’t miss the information booklet.

Caroline Taylor, Electoral Registration Officer for Torbay Council said: “There is still time to make sure you can take part in the EU referendum, so I’d encourage everyone in Torbay to act now if they’re not already registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you’re not registered by Tuesday 7 June. It’s easy to register and only takes a few minutes online – just head to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .

“If you are already registered to vote there is no need to register again for the EU referendum. You can find out if you are registered by contacting the council’s Elections team.”

Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams, said: “Keep an eye out for our information booklet which is being delivered to homes across the UK. It contains really important information on how to take part in this historic event.

“We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to take part, is able to. Our advice is to plan in advance where you will be on polling day. If you’re likely to be away on the day and will be unable to get to the polling station then you can look at options for postal or proxy votes.”

More information for voters is available at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

To register to vote head to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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