Get registered now if you want to keep your vote
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on disability, Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill has said that people who are not on the electoral register should now claim their right to vote and fill in a registration form.
Ms O'Neill also welcomed the campaign to ensure that people with disabilities are empowered to vote and said that it is vital that those who traditionally do not vote go out and get on the register so that they can make their voice heard in any future election. She added that anyone without photographic ID should avail of upcoming opportunities to secure photo ID to allow them to vote in the event of a snap Westminster election.
Speaking at the start of the Electoral Office 'registration week' Ms O'Neill said:
"Everyone who is eligible to vote should make sure that they fill in and return an electoral registration form to the Electoral Office.
"The fact is that thousands of people have been wiped off the register in recent years and we now need to make sure that everyone who is not on the electoral register claims their right to vote.
"Anyone over the age of 16 should also make sure that they are included on the new Electoral Register.
"I want to welcome the campaign to ensure that people with disabilities are empowered to vote. It is vital that those people who, traditionally, do not vote go out and get on the register so that they can make their voice heard in any future election.
"You need to register if:
- You have moved house within the last year
- You have moved to the north of Ireland during the last year
- You have turned 16 during the last year
or if you know you are eligible to register but not yet listed.
"To check if you are listed on the Register you can contact the Electoral Office on 0800 4320 712.
"The registration form is available in a range of languages, including Irish, on the Registration page of the Electoral Office website at www.eoni.org.uk.
"You can register if you are:
- An Irish, British, or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a Member State of the European Union
- 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18)
- Resident in the north of Ireland for the last three months." ENDS