North Oxfordshire residents are reminded that time is running out to register to vote in next month’s general election.
Eligible voters who still haven’t submitted their details for the electoral register only have until 11.59pm on Tuesday 26 November.
Anyone who is unable to attend their polling station on Thursday 12 December can apply for a postal or proxy vote. The deadline for applications for postal votes is 5pm, also on 26 November; applications for new proxy votes must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 4 December.
Yvonne Rees, acting returning officer for Cherwell, said: “Election fever has really been sweeping the country. But no matter what you read on social media or hear reported on TV, all that really counts is you having your say at the ballot box on 12 December.
“It’s unusual to have an election at this time of year. People living in rural areas – or who are worried about transport on the big day – might prefer to get it sorted in advance by applying for a postal vote, or by choosing a trusted friend to vote on their behalf with a proxy vote.
“We want to make sure everyone can have their say, so we are asking everyone to get these deadlines in their diary and make sure they don’t miss out on voting.”
The council is also drawing attention to an easy-to-read guide to registering to vote and voting. Produced for people with learning disabilities by charity Mencap, it is available on the Electoral Commission website.
While the build-up to the general election continues, Cherwell’s electoral canvass team is still out and about, making sure people have responded to the annual canvass. They will be carrying council ID badges and will be taking voter’s details using their Mobile Canvassing App.
Voter registration only takes a few minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The easy-to-read guide to voting is available at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/new-easy-read-guide-helps-people-learning-disabilities-vote