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Published 01 June 2016

Voters in West Dunbartonshire are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote at the upcoming European Union Referendum Elections on Thursday, 23 June.

In the West  Dunbartonshire Council area , more than 66,704 residents are registered to vote but a significant number are still not registered.

Voters must register by Tuesday, 7 June to take part in the election, and help decide whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.

It only takes minutes to complete the online registration form and the Council is urging residents, particularly first-time voters and people who have moved house recently to make sure they are on the electoral roll.  

A voting guide, which has been delivered to every household in Scotland, contains important information for voters on how to register to vote, how to cast your vote and includes arguments from the lead campaigners from both the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ sides.

Residents can vote in the EU referendum if:

  • you are registered to vote in the UK and 18 or over on 23 June 2016 
  • you are a British or Irish citizen living in the UK, or
  • you are a Commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
  • you are a British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years

David Thomson, Electoral Registration Officer for Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute, said: “Anyone without internet access can still register to vote by completing a paper form and returning it to their local registration office by Tuesday, 7 June. Forms can be requested from the local registration office on 0141 562 1200.”

 “Anyone who is not registered to vote by the Tuesday  7 June deadline won’t be able to take part in the vote so I’d encourage anyone not already registered to do it online now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“The voting guide from the Electoral Commission will help people feel more confident about taking part in the referendum on 23 June and if anyone missed it, it can be viewed online at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

Andy O'Neill, Head of Scotland Office at the Electoral Commission, said: 

 “Voters have told us that they want accessible and impartial information so that they feel they can make an informed decision at the ballot box.  We have sent our voting guide to every household across the UK to help voters on 23 June”.

For more information on leaving or staying in the European Union visit www.strongerin.co.uk/voteremain and/or www.voteleavetakecontrol.org.