Don’t miss out on your right to vote

Posted on 04/05/2014 by


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Edinburgh residents are being urged not to lose the opportunity to vote in the forthcoming European Elections – you must register to vote by TUESDAY (6 May) in order to cast your vote on 22 May.

Though registration across the capital’s 151 polling districts is relatively high, there are some areas that continue to experience a much lower rate in voter registration – particularly areas with a high volume of rented properties.

Those living in rented accommodation or who have moved house are being reminded to let the Electoral Registration Office know when they move to avoid losing out on their vote.

Getting on the electoral register now will also allow a vote in the Scottish Referendum on September 18.

City of Edinburgh Council leader, Councillor Andrew Burns, said: “With both the European Parliamentary Elections and the Scottish Independence Referendum taking place this year, it’s important that you are registered to vote.

“This is your opportunity to be part of our democracy and make your vote count. Registering only takes a few minutes and being on the Electoral Register has other benefits such as helping improve your credit rating.”

The European Elections will be held in all 28 member states of the European Union, with Edinburgh residents voting to elect six members of the European Parliament to the Electoral Region of Scotland.

Citizens must register to vote by 6 May by filling out an application form, which can be found on the Lothian Valuation Joint Board website at or call the Lothian Valuation Joint Board 0131 344 2500.

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Want a postal vote? Those wishing to vote by post must register by 5pm on Wednesday (7 May).