We are encouraging any local residents not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day (5 February) and go online now to register.
There are fewer than 100 days until voters go to the polls to elect a Member of Parliament for three seats in the district – one at Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and the remaining two at Hemsworth and Wakefield. Elections for Wakefield Council and for certain town and parish councils are also taking place on the same day. Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Joanne Roney, OBE, Electoral Registration Officer for Wakefield Council said: "Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible in order for them to be able to have their say on issues that affect their lives.
"I'd urge people living in our district to use National Voter Registration Day to spread the message amongst family and friends who may not have registered yet that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form online."
Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, said: "National Voter Registration Day exists because it's important that anyone who's eligible to be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so. Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote. We're urging them to use the day as an opportunity to get onto the electoral register."
For anyone who wants to check whether or not they are registered, ring 01924 305023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.