Barnsley residents urged to make sure they’re registered to vote in time for the local elections this May

On Thursday, 2 May, residents in Barnsley 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 the local area. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, culture, waste management, public safety, and social care.

In order to vote in this important election, residents must be on the electoral register, so Barnsley 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.

Peter Clark, Elections Manager for Barnsley Council, said: “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 Barnsley. If you’re not registered by 12 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, added: “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.”

People who were registered to vote in the last election and whose details have not changed, will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, people can check their details by calling Barnsley Council Electoral Services team on 01226 773070.

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