Have your say on 3rd of May – make sure you are registered to vote

Tuesday, 27th March 2018

TAMWORTH Borough Council’s Local Elections are now less than six weeks away and the town’s residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote.

Tamworth will go to the polls on Thursday, May 3, when 10 of the town’s 30 borough council seats will be contested. But unless you are on the electoral register, you won’t be able to have your say through the ballot box and your voice won’t be heard.

Tamworth Borough Council is supporting this year’s ‘Got 5?’ campaign launched by the Electoral Commission to make sure that everyone who wants to vote is registered.

You may not be registered to vote if you are voting for the first time, have recently moved house or have never registered for any other reason. The good news is the process takes just five minutes and all you need is your National Insurance number.

Anyone not registered has until midnight on April 17 to ensure their voice can be heard at the polls. Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

More information about the Electoral Register, what it is used for and other frequently asked questions is available here www.tamworth.gov.uk/registering-vote-faq.

Anyone who is already registered to vote but will be unable to make it to the polling station on May 3 has until 5pm on Wednesday, April 18 to apply for a postal vote. Anyone who misses this deadline may be able to apply to vote by proxy. The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday, April 25, except for in a medical emergency.

Applications for postal and proxy votes can be made via Tamworth Borough Council’s website at www.tamworth.gov.uk/elections-2018. More information is also available from the Elections Office on 01827 709262 or 709265.

Tamworth Informed will be giving each candidate the opportunity to have a free 2-minute video recorded by us for them to explain why people should vote for them.

The videos will all be recorded on the same day and at a neutral location.  An example of these videos can be seen here.

Any candidate who has not been contacted by us should email chris.h@tamworthinformed.co.uk so that we can let you know the date, time and location this will take place.

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