Make sure you’re registered to vote
Wakefield Council is reminding
residents how quick and easy it is to register to vote ahead of May’s
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.
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.
have until midnight on Tuesday 21 April to make sure they are registered, in
order to vote.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
more information please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections