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Register by Monday to vote in local elections

MAKE sure you are registered to vote – that is the call from local councils ahead of elections on 6th May.

This year ballots are to go ahead for Hampshire county councillors, police and crime commissioners and several council by-elections, including one for BCP Council in the Commons ward in Christchurch. It was previously held by Independent Cllr Colin Bungey who died in April last year

To cast a vote, residents must be registered by Monday 19th April, if they are not already on the electoral roll.

Councils are urging people to ensure they are registered to vote
Councils are urging people to ensure they are registered to vote

John Coughlan, Hampshire returning officer and county council chief executive, said: “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important you ensure you are registered to vote.

“If you were registered to vote in the last elections and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local district or borough council.”

He added: “The county council elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on the issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Hampshire – from schools and education, to roads, social care for vulnerable children and adults, as well as access to the countryside and libraries.

“However, if you are not registered by 19th April, you won’t be able to vote.”

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20th April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27th April.

To register, visit gov.uk/register-to-vote

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