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Residents urged to register to vote ahead of council elections

14 March 2017

Voters in Essex have just one month to make sure they are registered to vote in May’s county council elections.


Essex County Council is reminding residents to check they are eligible to vote on 4 May as part of the Electoral Commission’s nationwide On Your Doorstep campaign.


Residents are being warned that they could lose their right to vote if they miss the 13 April registration deadline.


Joanna Boaler, Head of Democratic Services, said: “Time is running out to register to vote, so I would urge everyone in Essex to act now to ensure they are eligible to have their say on 4 May.


“It’s very easy to register and only takes five minutes online. But if you miss the 13 April deadline you will miss out on your chance to vote.”


Research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are less likely to be registered to vote.


Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “If you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly. If you’re not registered, you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Essex.”


To apply to register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before Thursday 13 April.