Electoral Commission statement on EU registration issue

The Electoral Commission is urging voters who are not already registered to vote to make an application before midnight on Thursday 9 June.

The Commission called this morning (8 June) for the Government to consider options for introducing legislation as soon as possible that would extend the deadline, after problems affected the Government’s registration website last (Tuesday) night.

The Government has now announced that they plan to introduce legislation that will allow people who make applications to register on Wednesday 8 and up to midnight on Thursday 9 June to vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June.

Voters are also being reminded that, if they are already registered, they do not need to make a new application.

Here in the Derbyshire Dales 400 people yesterday registered to vote in the European Referendum ahead of the original midnight (7 June) deadline. 

Alex Robertson, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission said:

“No one should miss out on voting in this historic referendum because of the problem with the Government’s registration website last night. We said this morning that legislation should be introduced to extend the registration deadline and we’re pleased the Government will now be making this change.

“We are urging everyone who is not already registered to vote to take this last chance to do so before the end of Thursday (9 June).”

  • The extended deadline applies to all voters across the UK, not just the voters who were unable to register last night
  • The deadlines for applying for a postal or proxy vote have not changed.

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