Tamworth residents urged to register to have their say in May

Register by Tuesday 16 April to vote in May local elections Registering takes minutes - apply online Remember you also need ID to now vote in all UK elections

On Thursday 2 May people in Tamworth will have their say at local elections on who represents them locally.

Residents must be on the electoral register to be able to vote in May. With the registration deadline approaching Tamworth Borough Council 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 Tuesday 16 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

This year residents in Tamworth will be voting to select councillors who represent their local area and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. Those elected will shape the future of their local area by making plans and taking decisions.

 

Andrew Barratt, Returning Officer for Tamworth Borough Council, 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 Tamworth.

“In May this year, along with elections for your local ward councillor, there is a county wide election for the Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

“If you’re not registered by Tuesday 16 April, you will not be able to vote in these elections in May. Registering to vote only takes five minutes and can be done online.”

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 elections@tamworth.gov.uk phone 01827 709709.

Those intending to vote at polling stations in May will need to show photo ID. A list of accepted forms of ID is available on the Electoral Commission website at electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id.

Those who do not have eligible ID can apply for free voter ID at https://voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/

If you will be away or cannot go to the polling station on Thursday 2 May, you can apply to vote by post. You can complete an application online at www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote. The deadline for completed postal vote applications to reach the Electoral Services Office is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. If you miss this deadline, you will still have time to apply to vote by proxy. You can complete an application online at www.gov.uk/apply-proxy-vote. The deadline for completed proxy vote applications to reach the Electoral Services Office is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. If you need any help or advice regarding absent voting, please contact us on elections@tamworth.gov.uk phone 01827 214155.

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