Council supports National Voter Registration Drive

Ref: PR6161

Wakefield Council is supporting the National Voter Registration Drive (NVRD) by reminding residents that they need to be registered to be able to vote in the May elections.

Bite the Ballot - a registered charity and campaign group, is holding the registration drive from 1 to 5 February to encourage those that are eligible, but have not yet done so, to register to vote.

The Council is supporting the national drive by reminding those who are not registered that they won’t be able to take part and have their say.

Joanne Roney OBE, Electoral Registration Officer at Wakefield Council, said: “Only people who are registered can take part in May’s elections. Registering is quick and easy, so do it now to make sure you don’t miss out on having your say on polling day.”

On Thursday 5 May, a third of Wakefield Council seats - 21 in total - are up for election, and on the same day people will also vote for West Yorkshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner.

Registering to vote is quick and easy. Anyone who is not registered to vote will be able to join the electoral register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and the deadline to register to vote in this year’s elections is Monday 18 April.

Those aged 16 and 17 can also register to vote so that they will be eligible to vote in the next election after their 18th birthday.  

If an individual’s details have changed, such as through moving house, or they don’t think they’re registered, they should contact the Council to check by calling 01924 305023 or by emailing elections@wakefield.gov.uk

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