Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 13.50.13Residents are being urged to ignore a social media message about their eligibility to vote in the EU Referendum in June.

To be able to put a cross in the box on June 23 electors simply need to be registered to vote – there is no special registration just for this election.

And householders have an easy way of knowing if they are already on the electoral list – they will have received a polling card for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election on May 5.

Anyone who hasn’t needs to head to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

The online process is very simple and only takes about five minutes – all that is needed is your National Insurance number.   Registration can also be done by post – download application forms from the same website or call at Richmondshire District Council offices for a form.

This process will take longer – and you must be registered by June 7 to be eligible to vote.

“Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the Referendum, so I’d encourage everyone in Richmondshire to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote,” said Tony Clark, Electoral Registration Officer for Richmondshire.

“Our message is simple – ignore the social media message, you do not need to be specially registered for the EU vote.  However you can’t vote if you aren’t registered by 7 June.  It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to gov.uk/register-to-vote.”