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Deadline extended to register to vote for the EU referendum

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Extending the deadline to register to vote for the EU referendumThe British Cabinet Office,Minister Matt Hancock, has said in a statement this afternoon that, "following discussions with the Electoral Commission and strong cross-party support expressed in the House of Commons, we will introduce secondary legislation to extend the deadline for voter registration until midnight tomorrow."

"Having taken the decision today, we think it is right to extend to midnight tomorrow, to allow people who have not yet registered, the time to get the message that registration is still open and get themselves registered."

Therefore UK expats in Gozo and Malta now have until 23:59 GMT on Thursday, the 9th of June to register to be able to vote in the UK's in-out EU referendum, which is taking place on the 23rd of June.

Expats can now register online to vote in just a few minutes at thousands of expats have already taken advantage of the new system in order to register to vote, the UK Government said.

The UK Government said that to register as an overseas elector you must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. "You will also need to know your National Insurance number and date of birth, and have your passport to hand if you have one. If you don't have a National Insurance number you can still register, but you may have to supply more information to show who you are."

"If you were too young when you left the UK to have been registered, then you can register as an overseas voter if your parents (or guardians) were registered in the UK in the last 15 years."

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