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Register to Vote to Have Your Say

Residents are being urged to ensure that they are on the Electoral Register.

A Parliamentary Election will be held on 12 December with the South Shields and Jarrow constituencies being contested.

But if people are not registered to vote they will be unable to have their say in the election, unless they take action now.

South Tyneside Council is urging those who are not yet on the Electoral Register to apply to register by midnight on Tuesday 26 Novemberto protect their right to vote on Thursday 12 December.

Martin Swales, Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council and Acting Returning Officer, said: "It is vital that all residents have registered to vote so that they can take part in the forthcoming election and decide who represents them in Parliament.

"Unfortunately, those not registered in time will be unable to have their say on Election Day.

"Online registration makes registering to vote easier and more convenient than ever. It only takes a few minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and people can access it through their computer, smartphone or tablet."

South Tyneside Council is particularly keen to remind young people who will be 18 by Election Day that they also need to register by the closing date in order to cast their vote on Thursday 12 December.

Students who are living away from home at university can register at both their term time address and home address.

Martin Swales added: "By registering to vote, young people are securing their right to have their say on the issues that affect their future.

"I would urge young people to take this opportunity to ensure their voice is heard."

Under the new Individual Electoral Registration system, which was introduced last summer, everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Those registering need to prove their identity by providing their name, address, National Insurance number and date of birth.

The last day to apply to register to vote for the parliamentary election is Tuesday 26 November. 

Those who would prefer to vote by post, rather than going along to a polling station, can apply for a postal vote. The closing date for postal vote applications is Tuesday 26 November at 5pm.

  • Last date to Register to Vote - Tuesday 26 November  
  • Last date to apply for Postal Voting - Tuesday 26 November  
  • Last date for Proxy Vote applications - Wednesday 4 December

Anyone who has difficulties accessing the internet or would prefer to register over the telephone can call our Elections helpline on (0191) 427 7000.

More information about electoral registration in South Tyneside is available on the Council's website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/elections

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