Time running out to register to vote

RESIDENTS are being urged not to lose their voice by ensuring they have registered to vote by April 20.

Those who do not register by the deadline will lose the right to have their say in the Parliamentary, district, town and parish council elections on May 7.

A new system was introduced last year called Individual Electoral Registration which means people are now responsible for registering themselves to vote, rather than the head of the household as was the case under the old system.

Those already registered under the old system were automatically transferred across but it is possible some, such as those who have moved house recently, may have been missed off.

Poll Cards are currently being sent out to all registered electors; If you have not received one by April 10 then you should register online at or call the registration office on 01684 862200.

The deadline for postal voting is also fast approaching and anyone wanting to vote this way has until Tuesday, April 21 at 5pm to complete and submit their application form.  These postal votes will not be sent out until April 27, so if you are going away before that date you will need to send someone else to vote on your behalf (known as voting by proxy) and have until 5pm on April 28 to submit your completed application. Forms are available to download by visiting

Matthew Box, Deputy Acting Returning Officer, said: "Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible in order for them to be able to have their say on issues that affect their lives by voting on May 7.

"With the introduction of online registration it is now easier than ever to make sure you are registered in time, but please make sure you have your National Insurance to hand whilst registering."