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1 in 8 not signed up to vote in the West Country as election looms

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One in eight people are not registered to vote in South West England, according to the Electoral Commission, as it calls on the public to register to vote by Tuesday 26 November ahead of December's general election.

The Commission's data says that 13% of voters in South West England are not registered to vote ahead of the general election on Thursday 12 December.

Young people and those who have recently moved house are most likely to be incorrectly registered, according to the data.

A person can register to vote in December's general election if they are:

  • aged 18 or over on polling day
  • a British citizen resident in the UK
  • an Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK

Anyone wanting to vote must be registered by Tuesday (26 November).

Registration is quick and easy and can be done here. Anyone who won't be able to get to their polling station on 12 December can arrange either a postal or proxy vote.

The whole country is gearing up for this election and it is vital that those in South West England are able to have their say, and they must be registered by Tuesday (26 November). It only takes five minutes to register to vote online - time that you might otherwise spend waiting for the kettle to boil or for a bus to arrive. So if you want to make sure your voice is heard and you're not already registered, go online and register now.

– Adrian Green, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for South West England

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