Don’t lose your right to vote on May 7 – make sure you are registered

April 2, 2015

THE General and Local Elections are now just five weeks away – and Tamworth residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote.

Tamworth will go to the polls on May 7 to elect an MP to represent the constituency for the next five years and a  third of the members of Tamworth Borough Council.

But unless you are on the electoral register, you won’t be able to have your say through the ballot box.

Tamworth Borough Council is supporting the campaign launched by the Electoral Commission to make sure that everyone who wants to vote is registered.

Only those people whose names are on the electoral register will be able to vote on May 7. The deadline to register is April 20, so there is still time. It only takes five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your National Insurance number in order to register.

Anyone who is already registered to vote but who will be away on May 7 can apply for a postal vote up to Wednesday April 21. Anyone who misses this deadline or who would prefer to have someone vote on their behalf can apply to vote by proxy. The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is Wednesday April 28.

Applications for postal and proxy votes can be made on Tamworth Borough Council’s website at www.tamworth.gov.uk. More information is available from the Elections Office on 01827 709262 or 709264.