Voters urged to register in time to have their say in May

On Thursday 6 May, residents in Barnsley will have their say on who represents them at the local government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

To vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Barnsley Council urges people 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 Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. This year residents in Barnsley will be voting in a total of two different elections and will select:

  • Councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care or housing
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you

Peter Clark, Electoral Registration Officer for Barnsley Council, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these 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 Barnsley.

“If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.

“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on (01226) 773070.”

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5 pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote, the deadline is 5 pm on 27 April.

For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit electoralcommission.org.uk/Voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.

You can find more information on our website at barnsley.gov.uk/Elections or call Barnsley Council Electoral Services team on (01226) 773070.

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