County Council elections

Posted on 07th March 2013 | in Community , Heritage & Tourism , Northumberland County Council

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Northumberland voters could be denying themselves the chance to vote in the forthcoming County Council election on May 2 because they are not on the electoral register.

The countdown to the election is now on, and would be voters need to make sure they are registered no later than April 17.

Between mid-August and November last year, annual canvass registration forms were delivered to every one of the 150,000 houses in Northumberland and the results from this canvass were used to compile the electoral register.

The majority of residents responded, but despite repeated written reminders, there are still thousands of residents who failed to register making them ineligible to vote.

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.

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 a 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 and complete the electoral registration 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 here. Forms must be with the council no later than Wednesday 17 April 2013 or your name will not be added to the register in time for you to be able to vote on May 2.

If you have any queries please contact our elections team by emailing elections@northumberland.gov.uk or calling 01670 624811