Only 7 days to register to vote

Posted by Kelly Luff in Electoral Roll on 1 June 2016 - Kelly is a Marketing Executive at checkmyfile

I doubt that I’m the only person to feel that the news surrounding the EU Referendum is overwhelming, confusing and more than a little biased. But whilst you try to make up your mind about whether to stay in or leave the EU, there is one thing that is certain – you’ll need to be registered to vote at your home address.

If you want to take part in the voting process on 23rd June and have your voice heard, you only have until the 7th June to register to vote. You won’t need to register again, as long as voted in either the May 2016 elections or the 2015 General Election, and still live at the same address, but it’s always worth double checking that you are included in the electoral register.

You may be one of the few people (seemingly) in the country that doesn’t have a polarised opinion on whether the UK should remain in the EU or not, and have no intention of voting at the end of this month. But, you should still be aware that remaining on the Electoral Register doesn’t just affect your right to vote.

It can make the difference between being accepted for credit, or being declined in some cases, as lenders like to see stability at the same address. If you aren’t held on the electoral roll listing at your home address, or the address that lenders hold differs from the one held by your council, it can raise alarm bells with lenders when checking your credit report.

While your electoral roll is just one section of your credit report and many aspects (including the information given in your application) are taken in account, it is important to ensure where possible this information matches up. Anything that means that a lender has to look further into your credit history can cause delays in being accepted, and in the case of important credit applications such as mortgages, any delay could mean the difference between bagging the home of your dreams and being left empty handed.

So if you want to vote, make sure you register by either post or online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before 7th June.

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