Act now - don’t lose your right to vote, says Council
Wakefield Council is urging residents to look out for letters from next week (March 5) with information to help ensure that no-one loses the right to vote.
The Council is sending out a letter to each household in the district, which contains a list of all voters registered at that address.
The letter advises that anyone over the age of 16 who is not listed needs to register by Monday, April 20.
The system of registering to vote has changed from household registration to individual electoral registration (IER) whereby each person is responsible for making sure their name is on the electoral register.
Registering is quick and easy and can be done online at www.gov.uk/registertovote
For some residents this letter will be their second one from the Council about elections and registration. Anyone who has already contacted the Council to advise of changes, or has recently registered to vote does not need to do anything.
People who have not registered to vote by Monday 20 April will not be able to vote on 7 May.
The General Election is on 7 May and there are three seats in the district – one at Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, one at Hemsworth and one at Wakefield - where voters will have a say in deciding who will represent them as their Member of Parliament for the next five years.
On the same day one seat in each of Wakefield Council’s 21 wards will also be up for election. In some parts of the district, voters will also be electing to their town and parish councils.
To register to vote go to www.gov.uk/registertovote . For any queries email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01924 305023.