People in South Down urged to re-register to vote | Newry Times

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Friday, September 3rd, 2021
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SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has urged everyone in the constituency to re-register to vote ahead of next May’s Assembly election.

 

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He was speaking after the latest figures from the Electoral Office showed that 59.65% of those eligible in the constituency have currently re-registered. 

 

 

South Down currently ranks 6th out of the North’s 18 constituencies for re-registrations.  

Every ten years, the electoral register is expunged as part of the national canvass and everyone in Northern Ireland is required to re-register to vote, even if you have been registered previously. 

The South Down MLA said, “While we have made a decent start in terms of the number of people who are re-registering there is still a lot of work to be done, particularly with an Assembly election scheduled for next May.

“We need to get as many people on the electoral register as possible.

 



 

“If you’re not registered you will lose your vote and your voice.

“It only takes five minutes.

“It’s a quick and easy process.

“And it will ensure you’re on the register for the next ten years. 

 

 

“Every person over the age of 18 has not always had the right to vote in the North,” he continued.

“That right was hard-won for us by previous generations and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“We have a moral obligation to use our vote in the best way we can to shape the kind of society we want to see for future generations.

“Next year’s election will be a key one for the North.

“People have the opportunity to vote for change, to end years of non-delivery from the DUP and Sinn Féin and choose a fresh start.

 

 

He added, “The only way to be part of it is to ensure you are on the electoral register, re-register now and secure your vote.” 

You can re-register to vote online.     

 


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