Check you are registered to vote

8 April 2016

People in Cheshire West and Chester are being urged to act now to ensure they have a voice in the upcoming elections and referendums.

On 5 May voters in the borough will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Cheshire Police area.

On the same day there will also be a by-election in the Winsford Town Council Over Ward and neighbourhood plan referendums in Hartford, Helsby, Neston and Tarporley.

And on 23 June there will be a national referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union.
People have until April 18 to register to vote in the May 5 elections and referendums. All residents who are registered should already have received polling cards.

Mark Palethorpe, Strategic Director at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Time is now running short to ensure you can take part in the upcoming elections and referendums, so I would encourage anyone not already registered to vote to take action now.

“The message is simple: you can’t vote if you are not registered. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes.”

The process to register to vote changed in June 2014. The responsibility is now with the individual for registering. Under the old system one person in a household could register everyone who lived at their address.

Residents can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The website also has instructions about how to register by post.

Further information about the elections and referendums in Cheshire West can be found at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/elections2016.

Alternatively, more information about the PCC elections can found at www.choosemypcc.org.uk.

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