The government has confirmed that the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming EU referendum has been extended to midnight on Thursday 9 June.
The news comes as the official website for voter registration crashed a few hours before the original deadline. Although there was no official explanation, David Cameron did urge those trying to continue to do so – even though the deadline had passed.
Matt Hancock, Minister for Cabinet Office said, “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 23:59 on Thursday 9 June, to allow people who have not registered, the time to get the message that registration is still open and get themselves registered.”
The latest opinion polls are currently putting the Vote Leave campaign ahead by four points.
The referendum will take place on 23 June 2016, and will decide whether the UK remains in the European Union or not.
To register to vote for the EU referendum, click here and follow the instructions.
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