Make sure you’re ready for the 2019 general election

Posted on: 6 November 2019

North Devon and Torridge residents are being reminded to make sure they’re ready to have their say in the 2019 general election by registering to vote.

A snap general election is taking place across the country on Thursday 12 December, anyone aged 18 or over will be able to vote on the day, providing they are on the register of electors. Residents have until Tuesday 26 November to register to vote – it’s quick and easy to do, taking just five minutes to apply online.

Residents only need to register to vote once but must update their details on the register if they change, this includes, when moving house or if their name changes, for example when getting married.

Electoral Services Manager at North Devon Council, Judith Dark, says: “Local residents can register to vote as soon as they’re 16 years old, so that they’re ready to vote in any election or referendum once they’re 18. Voting at  elections is your chance to have your say about who represents your views on what matters to you so it’s really important to make sure you’re on the electoral register and that your details are up-to-date.”

Senior Elections Officer at Torridge District Council, Tom Vanstone, sys: “If you want to have your voice heard in the general election on 12 December then you need to make sure you’re registered by 26 November. The process is quick and easy and the elections team at Torridge are also able to help if you have any queries. You can also nominate someone to vote on your behalf or select to have a postal vote if you can’t make it to the polling station on the day, but the deadline for all of these is fast approaching so check online or call the team as soon as possible.”

The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on 26 November and for a proxy vote on behalf of someone else is 5pm on 4 December.

Electoral Registration Teams for the North Devon or Torridge district are also available to help with any queries residents may have:

More information about registering to vote and the different ways to vote, including postal and absent votes, can be found on the council websites:

General information about voting and elections is also available at

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