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B&NES urges voters to register in time to have their say in May

On Thursday 6 May residents in B&NES will have their say on who represents them at the West of England Mayoral Election and the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election.

In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, B&NES Council is urging 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 www.gov.uk/registertovote. This year residents in Bath & North East Somerset will be voting in two different elections and will select:

•           The West of England, or Regional Mayor leads the West of England Combined Authority which works to champion the region and drive clean and inclusive economic growth. Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils are members of WECA.

•           The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you

Will Godfrey, Electoral Registration Officer for B&NESCouncil, said: “These elections are an important 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 Bath & North East Somerset. 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 www.gov.uk/registertovote

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