Brady ‘disappointed’ with Electoral Office

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Monday, November 26th, 2012
Newry Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has expressed disappointment with the Electoral Office, having discovered that young people who were encouraged to enrol on the electoral register and apply for voter ID cards, have been told that it will be in the New Year before they will receive these. Speaking about the development Mr Brady said: “A young person called to our constituency office to enquire about the length of time that it had taken to receive her electoral ID card. She informed me that the Electoral Office had encouraged them through their college, to register and apply for a voter ID card. “After making some enquiries in relation to this, I have discovered that the young people will have to wait until the New Year before they will receive these. Brady continued, “We then enquired about older people who regularly come into our offices looking for these ID cards and how long they might have to wait. The electoral office stated that unless people are already on the electoral register, they too will have to wait to the New Year. “This is totally unacceptable, people are being constantly encouraged to register themselves and obtain photo ID. Given past experience, I believe that the Electoral Office has a duty to deal with people’s applications as quickly and efficiently as possible. “The fact that we are now in a quiet period regarding elections in the north, the Electoral Office should be able to deal with applications much sooner. He added, “With regards to younger people, I fully understand that many of them are not of the age to vote yet, but the sooner they get on the register and get used to the workings of the electoral system, then this can only help to alleviate voter apathy and the whole experience of dealing with the Electoral Office.”
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