Make sure you’re registered to vote

04/03/2020, PR-9318

Wakefield city centre

​Wakefield Council is reminding residents how quick and easy it is to register to vote ahead of May’s elections.

On Thursday 7 May, residents will have chance to vote in the local election where a third of Wakefield Council seats – 21 in total – are up for election.

Also on 7 May, residents will be able to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election. The Police and Crime Commissioner oversees the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

Residents have until midnight on Tuesday 21 April to make sure they are registered, in order to vote.

​Gillian Marshall, Wakefield Council’s Returning Officer, said: “You must be registered to vote to have your say in May’s elections. 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 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 hand. They can also opt to have their details excluded from the ‘open register’, meaning that the information cannot be used for direct marketing.

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 elections@wakefield.gov.uk.

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