Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Monday is D-Day if you want to vote in the General Election

Monday is D-Day if you want to vote in the General Election

Make sure you register in the next three days, and don't miss out on having your say. Voters are being advised to check that they are registered to vote in the election, on June 8, and to check whether they will need to cast their vote in a different way during the holiday season.

If you think you may already be registered to vote, you will need to contact your electoral registration officer.

Novelty offers to persuade young voters to sign up includes encouragement from Thorpe Park - the popular theme park has said it will offer 18-24s a ticket for just £20 if they bring along proof they have signed up to vote in the upcoming election.

Even so, hundreds of thousands of eligible overseas voters did not register to vote last year - and more than one-million others could not do so due to the "15-year rule" which bans voting after 15 years abroad. It was estimated that only 36% of people aged 16-24 voted in the European Union referendum last June that resulted in Brexit, so this is a major step in the right direction to have our voices heard. Make sure you do not forget to sign and put your date of birth on your postal vote statement and include it with your postal vote when returning it.

In the run-up to the general election, The Gazette will be profiling the candidates standing in local constituencies.

"This election is an opportunity to have your say on who will represent the people of the Isle of Wight at a national level".

"Our research indicates that recent home movers in particular are less likely to be registered to vote".

The survey only take a few minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

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