Make sure you’re registered to vote in time for the local elections this May
On Thursday 2 May, residents in South Somerset will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the district.
Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area. These include planning, housing, parks, waste management and leisure. There are 60 Members of South Somerset District Council, all of which represent individual wards in South Somerset.
At the same time as District Council elections, Town and Parish Council elections will also be taking place for the 831 seats that will be available.
In order to vote in this election, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote in local elections is fast approaching and South Somerset District Council is urging residents who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.
The deadline to register to vote is midnight Friday 12 April. Anyone can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.
Above: Our useful short video talks you through how to register to vote using our website.
Alex Parmley, Electoral Registration Officer for South Somerset District Council, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections. These elections 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 South Somerset. If you’re not registered by 12 April, you won’t be able to vote.”
Adrian Green, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for Southwest England, said: “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”
If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by giving us a call on 01935 462462.