Still time to register for chance to vote

PEOPLE living in the county are being remind they still have time to register to be able to vote in local elections in May.

Northumberland County Council is encouraging those who wish to cast their votes on May 2 to register as soon as possible.

Residents who have never registered, and those who have not renewed their details this year, can still register by filling in an electoral registration form.

An electoral canvas takes place annually, which last year lasted from summer to October.

Anyone who did not renew their details at this time, will not automatically be added to the register again, and will now need to fill in an electoral registration form.

Any Northumberland resident aged 17 or over can register, though only those aged 18 on polling day can cast their vote.

Mick Miller, electoral services manager at Northumberland County Council, said: “Every year many people go to cast vote only to find themselves unable to, as their name is not on the register.

“If you do want to vote, visit our website, download a form and return it to us as soon as possible.

“Electoral registration forms can be downloaded from www.northumberland.gov.uk/vote

“Further information on applying for postal votes and proxy votes can also be found there.

“Forms must be with the council no later than Wednesday, April 17, or your name will not be added to the register in time for you to be able to vote on May 2.”

Anyone who has any queries can contact the council’s elections team by emailing elections@northumberland.gov.uk or calling 0845 600 6400 for further details.