Residents reminded about voter registration

Electoral Commission

 

Reigate & Banstead residents not already on the electoral register are being urged to act ahead of this May’s local elections.

On Thursday 3 May 2018 voters will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level, in elections for Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

Local services that borough councillors make decisions on include planning, parks, leisure, housing, public safety and recycling and waste.

To vote at the elections, residents not already registered at their current address need to do so before the deadline of midnight on Tuesday 17 April.  This can be done online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

John Jory, electoral registration officer at the council, said:

“Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections.

They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Reigate & Banstead.

But if you’re not registered by 17 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

The council adds:

“If you are already registered to vote and your details have not changed, you will still be registered. If in doubt, you can check by calling our elections helpline on 01737 276794.

If you think you will be unable to get to a polling station on 3 May, make sure you apply for a postal or proxy vote as soon as possible so you can still have your say. To apply visit www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/vote

The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm on Wednesday 18 April. You must have already registered to vote.

To appoint a proxy – someone you trust to vote on your behalf – you need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 25 April. You and your proxy must both be registered to vote. Your proxy must be able to get to your polling station to cast your vote. If the person you appoint needs a postal vote they must apply by 5pm on 18 April.”

Registering to vote can also help with obtaining credit, as credit reference agencies check the register to confirm addresses.

 

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