Register to vote in the local Council Elections
Wakefield Council is reminding residents how quick and easy it is to register to vote, ahead of the local elections.
On Thursday 2 May, a third of Wakefield Council seats – 21 in total – are up for election.
On the same day, in some areas, Parish councils elections are being held to elect new members.
Residents have until midnight on Tuesday 12 April to make sure they are registered, in order to vote in the local elections and parish elections.
It is quick and simple to register by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. People 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.
Merran McRae, Wakefield Council's Electoral Registration Officer, said: "You must be registered to vote to have your say in the local elections in May. It's really easy to register online and only takes five minutes. So please don't delay and get registered before the deadline.
"It is important that everyone eligible is registered to vote because banks, building societies and loan companies, use the register to verify the address of applicants before approving loans and bank accounts.
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 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.
For more information please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections