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Register to vote in time for local elections this May

Published: Thu 28 February, 2019

The deadline to register to vote in local elections is fast approaching and North West Leicestershire District Council is urging residents who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

On Thursday 2 May residents in North West Leicestershire will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level.

District and parish council elections select councillors who are responsible for making decisions on running services in local areas. These include housing, planning, parks, leisure and waste management.

Everyone who wants to vote in this important election must be on the electoral register.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday 12 April. Anyone can apply online atwww.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.

North West Leicestershire will this year take part in the Government’s voter I.D. pilot, meaning voters will need to bring their poll cards – or another certified form of I.D. – to be allowed to vote.

Poll cards will be delivered to registered voters between Friday 22 March and Monday 1 April – people are being reminded to keep them safe and not throw their cards away.

For more information on the Voter I.D. pilot visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/voterID

Bev Smith, Returning Officer for NWLDC said: “There is now less than two months to make sure you can take part in the local elections.

“These elections are 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 North West Leicestershire. If you’re not registered by 12 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Chris Hinde, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for the Midlands, said: “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by calling 01530 454512 or visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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