Melton Borough Council

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

Published Monday, 18th March 2019 Your vote matters

On Thursday 2 May residents in the Melton Borough 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 services in your local area. In order to vote in this important election, residents must be on the electoral register. Melton Borough Council is urging residents who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday 12 April. Anyone can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.

Edd de Coverly, Electoral Registration Officer for Melton Borough Council said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections. These elections 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 the Melton Borough Council area.  If you’re not registered by 12 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Chris Hinde, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for the Midlands, said: “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by giving us a call on 01664 502502

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Notes to editors:

  1.  The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by: 
  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  •  using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

 

For more information contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communication Officer

Melton Borough Council

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664 504294