UPDATED #EURef extention: In NI, it doesn’t exist..

And there’s another digital divide. After last night’s big TV event with Nigel Farage and David Cameron there’s been such a rush to get registered to vote in the 23rd June Referendum that the deadline has been extended until tomorrow night.

According to the Telegraph

Of the total 525,000 who registered on Tuesday, 132,000 were aged under 25 and a further 170,000 were aged 25 to 34. There were 51,600 applications made by those aged over 55.

How did they get that information? It’s online and available to anyone at gov.uk. The speed at which people can register (provided they have their National Insurance number handy) is impressive. It’s testimony to the Cabinet Office’s commitment to open government standards.

The trouble is that in Northern Ireland the Electoral Office comes under the aegis of the NIO, where open standards are still foreign money.

Update: The EONI have now said the extension doesnt apply to Northern Ireland

You can download the form, fill it out and (given the deadline is closing in just over 24 hours) physically take it to your nearest Electoral Office.

But in Northern Ireland alone in the UK you cannot register online for a vote, a proxy vote or a postal vote. Everything must be done by hand!!

Thankfully, for now, there are seven electoral offices throughout Northern Ireland so you don’t have to come to Belfast:

Area Electoral Office Constituencies
Ballymena Area Office
122 Broughshane Street
BT43 6EE
Link to Google Map
North Antrim
Mid Ulster
Banbridge Area Office
52 Bridge Street
BT32 3JU
Link to Google Map
Upper Bann
Newry and Armagh
South Down
Lagan Valley
Belfast Area Office
1st Floor
St Anne’s House
15 Church Street
Link to Google Map
Belfast South
Belfast West
Derry/Londonderry Area Office
20(A) Queen Street
BT48 7EQ
Link to Google Map
East Londonderry
Newtownabbey Area Office
1-3 Portland Avenue
BT36 5EY
Link to Google Map
Belfast North
East Antrim
South Antrim
Newtownards Area Office
2(B) Regent Street
BT23 4LH
Link to Google Map
Belfast East
North Down
Omagh Area Office
21 Kevlin Avenue
BT78 1ER
Link to Google Map
West Tyrone
Fermanagh and South Tyrone

On a footnote, the NIO currently has plans in the near future to close all but the Derry and Belfast Offices. The Gov.uk data indicates that online registration is hugely popular and often incredibly last minute everything that can be done should be done to move to digital standard soonest.

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