ON THURSDAY 12 December, elections will take place in Cambridge for Members of Parliament for the Cambridge constituency (in 13 city wards) and the South Cambridgeshire constituency (in Queen Edith’s ward).
If you wish to vote on 12 December and are not already registered to vote, you must do so by the end of Tuesday 26 November. If you are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen and on the electoral register you will receive a poll card, but you do not need your poll card in order to vote.
Cambridge’s electoral services team are currently carrying out the annual canvass of the register of electors and every household will have received an enquiry form. If you have added you name to the household enquiry form, this does not automatically register you to vote. You must still apply to register either online or by completing the application form that will have been sent to you.
You can register online in a few minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and you will need to provide your National Insurance number and date of birth. If you do not have a National Insurance number, you can still register but you will be asked for further proof of identification. You can request a paper form by calling 01223 457048 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Antoinette Jackson, Acting Returning Officer for the election, said: “A general election is your chance to vote for a member of parliament to represent the place where you live, so I would encourage anyone who is not already registered to vote to do so before the 26 November deadline.
“Registering to vote is quick and easy – so if you have moved house recently, are a student wishing to vote in Cambridge, or know you are not yet registered I would urge you to do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
“If you are already registered to vote but are planning to be away from Cambridge on 12 December, you can apply to vote by post up until 5pm on Tuesday 26 November.
“If you would like to appoint someone else to vote on your behalf you can apply to vote by proxy up until 5pm on Wednesday 4 December. This may be the best option if you are going to be away from Cambridge on 12 December and there is a chance a postal vote would not get to you in time.
“Students can register at both their term and home address but must only vote in respect of one location. If as a student you will not be in Cambridge on 12 December but want to vote here, please make sure you set up a postal vote or appoint a proxy as soon as possible.”
Application forms for postal and proxy voting can be downloaded from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or by calling 01223 457048.