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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Drop in voters

THE number of people registering to vote in Dumfries and Galloway has fallen this year.

Just 92.12 per cent of people in the region are registered to vote, compared to 2015.
It is one of only 29 UK authorities that has seen a decrease in Electoral Roll registration – and comes in the top ten for the worst rates.
The information has been sourced by Equifax and spokeswoman Lisa Hardstaff said nationally there has been an increase in citizens signing up to vote: “It appears the tide has turned for 2017, with an increase of 835,701 people registered to vote. This suggests a greater level of political engagement in the last twelve months, perhaps prompted by last year’s European Union Referendum.”
There is still time for adults, aged over 18, to register for a vote in this year’s General Election. To find out more, go to gov.uk by May 22.

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