Tracey Logan, returning officer, explained: “The electoral registration system in the UK has recently changed. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration, or IER.
“Most people who are currently registered to vote will have been registered automatically. However, I would urge everyone who has recently received a letter from the electoral registration officer to follow the instructions carefully to ensure that they can cast their vote on Thursday, May 7.”
If you have not re-registered under IER and you were a postal or proxy voter before IER was introduced in September 2014 you may need to re-register to receive this type of vote again. You should have received a letter from the Electoral Registration Officer to make you aware of this.
Anyone absent for the 2015 General Election on Thursday, May 7, should apply for a postal or proxy vote in time to make sure their vote counts.
Anyone applying for a postal vote now will receive their papers around May 1. The closing date to apply to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday, April 21. The closing date to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday, April 28.