Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 11.32.50With the EU referendum fast approaching, South Tyneside Council is urging residents to look out for the Electoral Commission’s information booklet being delivered in the coming weeks.

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

The booklet, which will be delivered to every household across the UK over the next week, contains important information on the referendum, including advice for people on how to register and cast their vote.

Alongside delivery of the information guide, the Electoral Commission has launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Tuesday, 7 June.

Advertising will appear across TV, radio and online encouraging viewers to make sure they don’t miss the information booklet.

Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer for South Tyneside Council, Martin Swales, said: “There is still time to make sure you can take part in the EU referendum, so I’d encourage everyone in the Borough to act now if they’re not already registered to vote.

“To vote you need to be registered by Tuesday, 7 June.  It’s easy to register and only takes a few minutes online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  If you are already registered to vote there is no need to register again for the EU referendum.”

Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams at the Electoral Commission said: “Keep an eye out for our information booklet which is being delivered to homes across the UK. It contains really important information on how to take part in this historic event”.

“We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to take part, is able to. Our advice is to plan in advance where you will be on polling day. If you’re likely to be away on the day and will be unable to get to the polling station then you can look at options for postal or proxy votes.”

More information for voters is available at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

To register to vote head to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote