Young people in St Albans are being urged to vote in the upcoming local elections to decide on the city’s future.
Everyone aged 18 and above is urged to take five minutes to secure their vote when voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 2.
All seats in each of the St Albans City and District Council’s 20 wards will be up for elections. People must be registered at their current address by midnight on Friday 12 April.
The Electoral Commission has launched a campaign – supported by the Council – called Got 5?.
This is to inform people it takes barely five minutes to register by going online at gov.uk/registertovote
A series of adverts will spread the Got 5? message by suggesting it is as quick and easy to register as it is to run a bath, fill a washing machine or wait for nail polish to dry.
Mike Lovelady, the council’s electoral registration officer, said: “There are only a few weeks left to make sure you can take part in the local elections.
“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it’s particularly important that you act to ensure you are registered. It will only take five minutes and it can all be done online.
“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 in St Albans.”
Anyone who has difficulty registering online can obtain a paper copy of the registration form. This can be requested by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on the number above.
Residents who are unable to get to a polling station on May 2 can apply to vote by post or proxy.
The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Monday, April 15 and to vote by proxy, it is 5pm on Wednesday, April 24.
Forms to apply to vote by post or proxy are also available from the Council’s elections office or at the Electoral Commission’s website yourvotematters.co.uk