Posted: Thu 10th Mar 2022

Foreign citizens living in Flintshire urged to register to vote ahead of council elections

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 10th, 2022

Flintshire County Council is encouraging foreign citizens in the region not registered to vote to do so in order to take part in local elections in May. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Today is “Welcome to your vote” day – which is aiming to raise awareness amongst Flintshire residents about their right to vote in the upcoming council elections in Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A Flintshire Council spokesperson said: “We all want to see positive change in Wales. But, for democracy to work for everyone, we need everyone in Wales to get involved.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“That’s why we’re joining other councils in calling for foreign nationals across Wales to engage with democracy and have their voices heard.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flintshire’s Returning Officer, Neal Cockerton, said: “More people in Wales can vote than ever before, including qualifying foreign residents in Wales.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“If you are eligible, you can now have your say on what happens in Wales in the future by getting involved and using your vote.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Democracy impacts everything around you. So, whatever you’re passionate about, voting in the next local council elections is a great way to get involved.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You can register online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It only takes five minutes, and all you need is your national insurance number and date of birth. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The deadline for registering to vote in the 2022 local government election is 14 April 2022. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you’re unable to register online, you can register by post. Download a form at gov.uk/government/collections/register-to-vote-paper-forms ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you don’t have a National Insurance Number, you need to state this on your registration application then continue to submit it. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Your Electoral Registration Officer will then contact you to ask you to provide documentary evidence to prove your identity. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

For more information, please see the Electoral Commission’s frequently asked questions which can be accessed from this link: electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/partner-charity-or-local-council/newly-enfranchised-voter-resources-welcome-your-vote. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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