Make sure you’re registered to vote in time for the local elections this May

On Thursday 3 May residents in Newcastle will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level.

Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running local services. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, fire and public safety, social care and waste management.

To vote in the elections, residents must be on the electoral register. They can’t just turn up at a polling station and expect to be able to vote if they have not registered with the council first –  and they must be registered to their current address

The deadline to register to vote is midnight Tuesday 17 April 2018. Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.

Carly Hall, Electoral Services Officer for Newcastle City Council, said:

“Make sure you can take part in the local elections.

“These elections are an opportunity for residents to make their voice heard and have a say on who represents them on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Newcastle. But if people are not registered by 17 April, they won’t be able to vote.”

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “If you have turned 18, or if you have moved home recently, it’s particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”  

If you were eligible to vote in last year’s general election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by ring the council’s Electoral Services Department on 0191 2787878.