Hertsmere residents will have their say on who represents them locally at the elections on Thursday, May 4.
With the registration deadline approaching, Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC) is urging those who are not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered before it is too late.
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday, April 17. It takes just five minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
This year, residents in Hertsmere will be voting to select councillors to represent their local area and help shape the future of their local area. They will also be voting for parish councillors, who make decisions on local issues affecting their parish and act as ambassadors for their community, keeping everyone aware of local needs and concerns.
Sam Langford, HBC’s electoral services manager, said: “Local elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who makes decisions about issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Hertsmere. If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important to make sure you are correctly registered to vote. If you’re in doubt, you can check with us by contacting us on 020 8207 7481.”
Those intending to vote at polling stations in May will now need to show photographic ID. Accepted form of ID include a passport, driving licence, blue badge, national identity card or an identity card with a PASS mark on it.
Residents who do not have an accepted form of photo ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate either online or via a paper form. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Tuesday, April 25. To find out what ID is accepted, for more information on voter ID or how to apply for the Voter Authority Certificate, please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/voterID or contact HBC on 020 8207 7481.
Ailsa Irvine, director of electoral administration and guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “If you’re not registered by April 17, you will not be able to vote this May. Registering to vote only takes five minutes and can be done online.
“This year, voters should also remember that they will need to bring photo ID to the polling station to be able to vote. Anyone that does not have an accepted form of ID can apply for free voter ID by April 25.”
To find out more about voting, please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/waystovote