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General Election 2017: Time running out to register to vote

23 May 2017

There are just hours left to make sure that you register to vote.

To vote in the election, you must be registered to vote or face being turned away from the polling station without getting a chance to have your say. You can also ask to have a companion with you when you vote, or staff in the polling station may be able to help you. Also excluded are European Union citizens who are able to vote in local elections but not the general election (or referenda).

Across Redbridge, there has been a big surge in interest as the Electoral Register shows the number of people registered to vote has increased by almost 6 percent.

The Electoral Commission website says: "We can not tell you whether or not you are registered to vote".

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So if you want a say in the future of Britain, it's vitally important you register to vote.

Hampshire residents who aren't registered have until the registration deadline of midnight tonight.

For more information on registering to vote or voting in the general election, visit the council's website.

According to the Electoral Commission, nearly seven million people are not registered to vote or have registered incorrectly.

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A proxy vote is used when you are unable to vote for yourself in person.

"Since the general election was announced on 18 April more than 2.3m applications to register have been submitted", Hartley told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

How do I find out if I'm already registered? There are several different forms depending on the reason you need a proxy vote.

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General Election 2017: Time running out to register to vote