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VOTERS are being urged to act if they want to have a say on which system should be used at the polls.

Colette Longbottom, electoral registration officer at Durham County Council, says people not already registered, or those whose details have changed, must get in touch if they want to take part in the UK referendum on May 5.

She said: “Anyone who has moved house in the past few months needs to register with their new address.

“We know there are many people who have not yet registered to vote, which means they will be missing out unless they take action.”

Figures published by the Office of National Statistics show there are 407,324 people who are registered to vote in County Durham.

Residents can request a registration form by calling their local registration office or by printing off a form from website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

Residents in Chester-le-Street can call 387 2017, those living in Wingate can call 01388 824304 and people in East Durham can call 527 4725.

Barbara Lines, from the Electoral Commission, said: “Residents may also be planning to be away on May 5, given the extra Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding.

“So it’s worth applying now to vote by post or proxy if that will suit your plans.

“You can print off the forms from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

“It just takes a few minutes, and then you are all set for May 5.”