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Don’t lose your right to vote in June General Election

Residents in Eden District are being encouraged to ensure they are registered to vote, so they can take part in the forthcoming General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

To vote in the General Election you need to register to vote before the Monday 22 May 2017 deadline. You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote it only takes five minutes. Once you are registered, you can also apply for a postal or proxy vote. You don’t need to register again to vote in the General Election if you’ve already registered.

Karen Thompson, Elections Services Manager for Eden District Council, said: “With only a few weeks to go, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the General Elections on Thursday 8 June 2017. This election is an opportunity to have a say on who will represents local people in Parliament. But if you’re not registered by Tuesday 22 May 2017, you won’t be able to vote.

"We would encourage anyone who has just moved house in the past few months or who is new to the area to get in touch to ensure they are registered at their new address. If you are also planning to be away on holiday and need a proxy or postal vote please contact us."

General Election and Appleby Horse Fair

The General Election is taking place on Thursday 8 June 2017, the first day of Appleby Horse Fair. Preparations are being made locally to ensure the Polling Stations in the Appleby area are open as normal from 7am-10pm, so people who are registered to vote locally are able to do so.

If voters in Appleby wish to apply for a postal vote or proxy vote they are being encouraged to do so as soon as possible as the deadlines for registration are very tight, so please make sure you allow time for your application to be processed by your local Council.

The deadline to apply for a new postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017 visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Eden District Council for more information call 01768 817817. Application forms for postal votes are also being made available from the Tourist Information Centre in Appleby, completed forms will need to be posted to Eden District Council in Penrith before the application deadline. The deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

To register to vote before the Monday 22 May 2017 deadline simply visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Eden District Council’s Electoral Registration Team telephone: 01768 817817 email: elections@eden.gov.uk or visit www.eden.gov.uk

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