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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Don't lose your voice – check you are registered to vote!

 

Cheshire East Council is calling on people to act now – so they don’t lose their voice in upcoming elections.

And the message is: If you can’t vote, you haven’t got a voice.

If you are not registered, you could miss out on being able to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election on May 5.

There will also be a national referendum on June 23, on whether or not the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union.

Polling cards are being posted to adult residents this week. If you have not received your polling card by March 29, you should contact the Council to ensure you are registered to vote.

Alternatively, you can also register to vote via the government’s Gov.UK website at:

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Cheshire East Council is actively supporting the Electoral Commission’s drive to boost voter registration. The Electoral Commission is working in partnership with the National Union of Students to inspire young people to register ahead of the May 2016 polls.

Cheshire East Council Chief Executive Mike Suarez, who is the Returning Officer for elections in the Borough, said: “Casting your vote is the lifeblood of a healthy and vibrant democracy – and you can’t vote if you aren’t registered.

“It is really important that people don’t miss out on the opportunity to vote and thus have a voice on the important local, national and international issues that affect the daily lives of everyone.

“Nationally, a quarter of single people and three out of 10 people aged 18 to 24 are not registered to vote – and we want to help change that and get more people registered.

“Voting gives you a say on everything from roads and recycling, to community policing and international cooperation.

“The fact is, if you haven’t got a vote, you haven’t got a voice. So, I would urge everyone of voting age to take just a few minutes to ensure that they are registered to vote.”

If you have not received your polling card by March 29, ring the Council on:

0300 123 5016.

The closing date for the receipt of applications to register your vote for the PCC election is Monday, April 18.

Remember: registering your vote does not mean you have to – it just means you don’t lose out on the opportunity to do so.

For more information about the PCC elections and referendum vote, visit:

www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/elections

Alternatively, more information about the PCC elections can be found at:

www.choosemypcc.org.uk

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