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Advice for Enfield residents ahead of the General Election

On Thursday 4 July, eligible residents will be able to vote in the election but must register in advance if they are not already included on the borough’s electoral register.  Registration takes approximately five minutes and can be made online at the Government’s website at GOV.UK.The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Tuesday 18 June at 11.59pm.Once registration is complete, the applicant will receive confirmation from the Council’s Electoral Services team they have been added to the electoral register and are entitled to vote. Votes can be cast in person at a polling station, by post or the voter can appoint a trusted individual to vote on their behalf through a proxy vote.

Voting by post is the easiest way to vote as photo ID is not required.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June, but residents must have registered to vote before requesting a postal vote. 

If residents decide to vote in-person at their designated polling station (including a proxy vote), the law requires every voter to present physical photo identification.

A copy of ID on a mobile phone or tablet device will not be accepted. A list of all accepted forms of ID can be found on the Council’s website.

If residents do not have valid photo ID, a free Voter Authority Certificate can be obtained from the Council’s Electoral Services team. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Ian Davis, Chief Executive and Constituency Returning Officer at Enfield Council, said: “We want to ensure all eligible residents in Enfield are able to vote in person or by post, so it is important those who have recently moved in to the borough, or are not currently on the register take action now to ensure their voice is heard.

“Voting at polling stations has changed, so it’s important if you wish to vote in person, you must produce appropriate photographic ID. It’s important to familiarise yourself the requirements sooner rather than later.

“The process has never been simpler as all of the resources are available online. You can also contact our Electoral Services team by phone or email for advice.”

Constituency boundaries in the UK have changed. The borough is divided into three constituencies and three MPs will be elected (one for each constituency). The constituencies are Edmonton and Winchmore Hill, Enfield North and Southgate and Wood Green.  

To find out more about how to apply to vote by post, voting by proxy or obtaining a Voter Authority Certificate, contact the Council’s Electoral Services team on 020 3821 1813. Email: [email protected] or visit: www.enfield.gov.uk/services/councillors-and-democracy/how-to-vote

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