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Time running out for voters

PUBLISHED: 17:13 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010

ONE in five Londoners incorrectly thinks that if you pay council tax you are automatically put on the electoral register.

ONE in five Londoners incorrectly thinks that if you pay council tax you are automatically put on the electoral register.

Election watchdog the Electoral Commission's survey shows that 16 per cent of Londoners think that it is possible to register to vote right up to the day before the election.

But the deadline is 11 working days before polling day and council elections are on May 6 and the general election has to take place on or before June 3.

Electoral Commission regional manager Adrian Green said: "We are calling on all London residents who may not be registered to take just a few minutes and go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk where you can find out more information and download a registration form.

"Maybe you've moved house recently or just haven't got round to registering before. Even if you are registered, you may want to think about whether you want to apply for a postal or a proxy vote [where someone you trust votes on your behalf].

"Don't wait for the election date to be announced, make sure of your vote now.

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