Following a massive surge in attempts by people to register to vote in the EU Referendum, the Electoral Commission is urging voters who are not already registered to vote to make an application before the new deadline of midnight on Thursday (9 June).
The Commission called this morning for the Government to consider options for introducing legislation as soon as possible that would extend the deadline, after problems affected the voter registration website on Tuesday night when tens of thousands tried to register at the last minute, and at the same time.
The Government has now announced that they plan to introduce emergency legislation that will allow people who make applications to register on Wednesday 8 and up to midnight on Thursday 9 June to vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June. The Labour Party has said they will support it
Voters are also being reminded that, if they are already registered, after recent regional and national elections, they do not need to make a new application.
Alex Robertson, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission said: “No one should miss out on voting in this historic referendum because of the problem with the Government’s registration website last night. We said this morning that legislation should be introduced to extend the registration deadline and we’re pleased the Government will now be making this change.
“We are urging everyone who is not already registered to vote to take this last chance to do so before the end of Thursday (9 June).”