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GET READY: Voters urged to check they’re prepared ahead of local election

 Published on: 11th April 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

With less than a week to go until the voter registration deadline for local elections on May 2, anyone wanting to vote must make sure they are election-ready.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on April 16. Voters can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote and the process takes just five minutes.

Voters have a range of options – they can vote in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on April 17. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is a week later, at 5pm on April 24.

Voters now need to show photo ID to vote at a polling station. To find out which ID you can use in the polling station, visit the Electoral Commission website.

If you do not have one of the accepted types of ID, you can apply for free ID at www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or by completing and submitting a paper form to your local authority. You must apply by 5pm on April 24 to be able to use the Voter Authority Certificate on May 2.

Joanne Wagstaffe, electoral registration officer for Three Rivers District Council, said: “Don’t lose your chance to have your say at elections in May. Local elections are an important opportunity to have your say on who represents you and makes decisions about issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Three Rivers. If you’re in doubt about whether you need to register to vote or have questions about how to apply for a postal or proxy vote, or free ID, you can contact the council.”

For more information, contact the council’s election team on 01923 727180 or electoral.services@threerivers.gov.uk

Craig Westwood, director of communications at the Electoral Commission, said: “It is important that people check they’re election ready ahead of upcoming deadlines. All voters must be registered, and some may need to apply for a postal or proxy vote or free ID.

“Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations this May. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of photo ID can apply for free ID online or by completing a paper form and submitting it to their local council.”

Information about the new requirement and all your voting options can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.

Photo credit: Three Rivers District Council

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