18/06/2018

Online Voter Registration Now Live In Northern Ireland

Online voter registration is now available to people in Northern Ireland.

Online registration has been available since 2014 in all other regions of the UK, but NI continued to require that paper forms be filled out and returned to an election office.

But now, people not currently registered will be able to complete the process online.

Northern Ireland's chief electoral officer Virginia McVea, told BBC Radio Ulster's morning show: "You can go online on any device and in just a few minutes you can be registered.

"The paper version is still there so people don't need to worry, they can do that way if they choose. But now you don't have to download or collect a form."

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew urged the public to utilise the new online electoral registration system.
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The Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA said: "I very much welcome the fact that voters in the North can register online from today.

"Along with Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy, I have been intensively lobbying for an end to the delay in rolling out the online registration system here. It was introduced in Britain in 2014 and it should not have taken so long to introduce it here, particularly given the many thousands of people who have been taken of the electoral register in the North of Ireland.

"Online registration will help to begin redressing that democratic deficit and I would urge everyone to use the system to ensure you are registered and able to exercise your hard-won right to vote.

"The service is available at gov.uk/register-to-vote and the process should take under five minutes."

(MH)

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