We’re reminding residents to register to vote, to make sure your voice is heard ahead of the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner and County Council elections on Thursday 6th May.
To vote in these important elections, you must be on the electoral register. Therefore, we’re encouraging anyone who hasn’t registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19th April. It takes just 5 minutes to apply online to register to vote .
This year, residents in Rushcliffe will go to the polls to vote in two different elections and will select:
- County Councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care and children’s services
- The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who oversees your local police force and makes sure they’re prioritising what matters to you.
Kath Marriott, our Deputy Returning Officer, said: “Make sure you can take part in these elections by registering to vote before the deadline. It’s an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Rushcliffe. If you’re not registered by April 19, you won’t be able to vote.”
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission added: “If you’ve recently turned 18 or moved home, it’s particularly important that you act and make sure you’re registered to vote. If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on 0115 981 9911.”
Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6th May.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20th April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27th April.
For information on elections in your area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, please visit the Electoral Commission website. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.