Have your say – register to vote in the local Elections
Wakefield Council is
helping to make sure that everyone has a voice in the upcoming local elections
in May, by writing to all households in the district where no one is registered
On Thursday 3 May, a third of Wakefield Council seats – 21 in total – are up
The Council has posted letters to all addresses in the district where no one is
registered to vote, to remind people of the upcoming elections and how they can
register and have their say on 3 May. Anyone who has received a letter is urged
to respond as soon as possible.
Wakefield Council’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “Only people who are
registered can take part in May’s local elections. Registering is quick and
easy, so do it now to make sure you don’t miss out on having your say on
“It is really important that everyone eligible is registered to vote because
banks, building societies and loan companies use the register to verify the
address of applicants. So as well as not being able to vote, you may also have
difficulty opening a bank account or getting a loan.”
Residents can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
They will need their date of birth and national insurance number to be able to
register. They can also opt to have their details excluded from the ‘open
register’, meaning that the information cannot be used for direct marketing.
Anyone who has moved house recently, or changed other details such as their
name, may not be registered correctly so should contact Electoral Services to
check by calling 01924 305023 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Those needing support can also visit a voter registration event on Tuesday 6
February, 10am to 4pm, or Thursday 8 March, 10am to 2.30pm, at Wakefield One,
where the electoral services team can offer help and advice.
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.
The final date to register to vote in the May elections is Tuesday 17 April.
For more information please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections