Friday, 14 February 2014

Almost 6,000 homes with no-one registered to vote

With just seven-months until the Independence Referendum, local MP Katy Clark has revealed there are a staggering 5,854 properties in North Ayrshire at which no one is registered to vote.

The figure was supplied by the Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board, which has responsibility for compiling the Electoral Register for North Ayrshire. Anyone whose name does not appear on the register will not be permitted to vote.

In addition to the referendum on Scottish independence, this year also sees elections to the European Parliament, which take place on May 22nd. In order to vote in this election a person must have their name on the Electoral Register by May 6th.

For the Independence Referendum on September 18th, voters must be registered by September 3rd. The Electoral Registration Office for Ayrshire is located at 9 Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1HR and can be contacted on 01292 612221.

Commenting on the high number of ‘empty’ properties in North Ayrshire, Katy Clark said, “Almost 6,000 properties do not have anybody registered to vote in them. This is an alarming figure and although I recognise that places like Arran and Millport have a great number of properties that are second homes, I am concerned people are being disengaged with the political system. People should make sure they are registered.”

Ms Clark, Labour MP for North Ayrshire & Arran, noted, “The right to vote was not won easily. This year, with the referendum on the horizon, it is even more important that everyone is engaged in the debate over our future. I would call on everyone to ensure they’re registered to vote. There is still time to get on the register.”

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