If you're not registered, you won't be able to vote in the local elections this May

Hundreds of people in Suffolk could miss their chance to vote in local elections this May, if they don’t take action now.

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The warning comes at the beginning of the six week pre election period, which starts today.

The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday 17 April.

Residents can contact their local district or borough council or print a

registration form from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Deborah Cadman OBE, Suffolk County Council’s chief executive and

electoral returning officer for Suffolk, said:

“Thursday 2 May is an important opportunity for residents to have their say

on how local services are run and how public money is spent.

We want everyone eligible to vote to be able to do so.

Anyone who has moved house in the last few months needs to register with

their new address.  We also want to remind anyone turning 18 on or before

2 May to make sure they are registered, so they can vote for the first time."  

 

Samantha Mills, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission,

the independent elections watchdog, said:

 

"If you are going to be away, you can ask to vote by post, or by proxy.

It's your vote - don't lose this chance to use it.!

The deadline to register and to apply for a postal vote is

Wednesday 17 April and for a proxy vote, Wednesday 24 April."