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15% fail to register to vote in EU referendum

With the EU referendum fast approaching, Harrogate Borough Council is urging residents to make sure that they have registered to vote.

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Recently, an information booklet produced by the Electoral Commission began to be delivered to every household across the UK containing important information for voters on the referendum, how to register to vote and how to cast your vote.

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

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


Wallace Sampson, Electoral Registration Officer for the Harrogate district said:

There is still time to make sure you can take part in the EU referendum, so I’d encourage everyone in the Harrogate district 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  If you are already registered to vote there is no need to register again for the EU referendum.


Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams at the Electoral Commission 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

To register to vote head to


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