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Thursday, 15 April 2021

Residents reminded to register to vote to ensure your voice is heard this May


Residents in Rushcliffe are being reminded to register to vote and ensure their voice is heard ahead of the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner and County Council elections on Thursday May 6, 2021.

In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register and Rushcliffe Borough Council is encouraging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday, April 19 – it takes just five minutes to apply online at https://gov.uk/register-to-vote

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This year, residents in Rushcliffe will go to the polls to vote in two different elections and will select:

  • County Councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care and children’s services
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you

Kath Marriott, Deputy Returning Officer for Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: “Make sure you can take part in these elections by registering to vote before the deadline.

“It’s an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Rushcliffe.

“If you’re not registered by April 19, you won’t be able to vote.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.

“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on 0115 981 9911.”

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on  May 6.

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

For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.