Don’t miss chance to have a say

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NORTHUMBERLAND residents are being urged not to miss out if plans for a UK-wide referendum to change the voting system for electing MPs this spring come to fruition.

Although the date is not yet confirmed, the Government is proposing to hold a referendum on May 5 on whether the system for electing the UK Parliament should change from ‘first past the post’ to the ‘alternative vote’.

If you live in Northumberland and want to have your say if the vote goes ahead, you must be on the county’s electoral register. Four percent of residents are not on the list.

One of the biggest reasons people fall off the electoral register is by moving house. Between mid-August and November each year, annual canvass registration forms are delivered to every house in Northumberland and the results from the canvass are used to compile the electoral register.

If you moved after this time, then you may have to update your registration.

You can pick up an electoral registration form from any council contact centre, or you can print off a form from then fill it in, sign it and send it back to The Electoral Registration Office, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.

Alternatively, you can ring the elections office direct on 01670 533307 or e-mail for advice and assistance.