Have your say on May 2 – make sure you are registered to vote

The deadline is looming for Tamworth residents to make sure they are registered to vote in this year’s Tamworth Borough Council local elections.

Tamworth will go to the polls on Thursday, May 2, when 10 of the town’s 30 borough council seats will be contested. But unless you are on the electoral register, you won’t be able to have your say through the ballot box and your voice won’t be heard.

You may not be registered to vote if you are voting for the first time, have recently moved house or have never registered for any other reason. The good news is the process takes just five minutes and all you need is your National Insurance number.

Anyone not registered has until Friday, April 12 to ensure their voice can be heard at the polls. Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

More information about the Electoral Register, what it is used for and other frequently asked questions is available here www.tamworth.gov.uk/registering-vote-faq.

Anyone who is already registered to vote but will be unable to make it to the polling station on May 2 has until 5pm on Monday, April 15, to apply for a postal vote. Anyone who misses this deadline may be able to apply to vote by proxy. The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday, April 24, except for in a medical emergency.

Applications for postal and proxy votes can be made via Tamworth Borough Council’s website at www.tamworth.gov.uk/elections-2019. More information is also available from the Elections Office on 01827 709262 or 709265.

The full list of local election candidates has now been published and can be viewed via the statement of persons nominated link www.tamworth.gov.uk/elections-2019.

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