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Monday, 18 November 2019

Are you registered to vote? Don’t miss the deadline


Cheshire East Council is urging people to ensure they are registered to vote – so they don’t miss out on having their say in the General Election.

The deadline to register to vote – or to apply for a postal vote – is Tuesday 26 November.

And the message from Cheshire East is: If you’re not registered and you can’t vote – you haven’t got a voice.

Polling cards have been posted to registered electors. If you have not received your polling card by Monday 18 November, you should contact the council by ringing 0300 123 5016 to ensure you are registered to vote. 

Alternatively, if you are not already registered, you can register to vote via the government’s Gov.UK website at: www.gov.uk/registertovote

Cheshire East Council’s acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer, who is the Acting Returning Officer for elections in the borough, said: “There are just a handful of days left for people to register to vote or to apply for a postal vote in the General Election – so don’t leave it too late.

“A healthy democracy needs actively engaged voters – and you can’t vote if you aren’t registered.

“It is important that people cast their ballot and don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a voice on the local, national and international issues that affect the lives of all of us. So, I would urge everyone of voting age to take just a few minutes to ensure that they are registered to vote.”

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote, where a voter nominates a trusted person to cast a vote on their behalf, is 5pm, Wednesday 4 December. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this deadline.

Anyone looking for more information about voting should visit the website: www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Anyone who is not yet registered to vote should apply now at: www.gov.uk/registertovote

Anyone who was registered to vote at the local council elections last May will not need to re-register in order to take part in the 2019 General Election – providing your details have remained the same.

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

On polling day, Thursday 12 December, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. Information about voting at this election is available from the Electoral Commission at: www.yourvotematters.co.uk

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