EM Ireland welcomes extension of deadline of voter registration for Irish in Britain

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European Movement (EM) Ireland has welcomed the extension of the registration deadline for the UK’s historical EU membership referendum on June 23rd until midnight on Thursday night, 9th June. 

The extension occurred after unprecedented numbers of people tried to register before midnight on Tuesday, 7 June and a UK government website collapsed as a result.

However, in Northern Ireland, the deadline for registering to vote or updating your details on the register for the EU Referendum on 23 June has passed. The deadline has not been extended to 9 June in Northern Ireland.

The legislation in the North relating to alterations to the register in the period before an election is different and the registration officer can require ‘prescribed documentary evidence to support the information you give on the registration form’.  If required this must be submitted by 13 June 2016.

The registration form can also be used to apply for an Electoral Identity Card. Visit the Electoral Identity Card on the Electoral Office for NI web page for details of how to apply.

GB Extension

Meanwhile, in Great Britain, The Electoral Commission there is urging voters who are not already registered to vote to make an application before midnight on Thursday 9 June.

The Commission 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.

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.

Noelle O Connell, EM Ireland’s Executive Director, said:

“Through our #PhoneAFriend campaign, we have been working hard with our members and stakeholders to get the message out to 500,000 Irish-born  in Britain, and the 120,000 British in Ireland who can vote in the referendum, and to make sure they register on time.  So it is very reassuring to hear that the Electoral Commission and the British government have agreed to address the unforeseen technical issues by extending the registration deadline until midnight Thursday.”

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