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Make sure you're registered to vote

Make sure you're registered to vote

11 March 2016
Photo of a Polling Station

To coincide with a national advertising campaign to encourage voter registration ahead of the Police and Crime Commissioner, local and parish elections, and the EU referendum, Wokingham Borough Council is encouraging Wokingham Borough residents to register to vote if they haven’t done so already.


On Thursday 5 May Wokingham Borough residents will head to the polls to elect local councillors in 18 wards as well as a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley Police area. Registering now for the elections in May will also mean voters are registered in good time before the EU referendum on June 23. 


Wokingham Borough Council’s returning officer, Andrew Moulton, said: "The PCC, local elections and EU referendum are just eight weeks and 15 weeks away respectively, and we want residents to register as soon as possible so  they can make sure they have their say.


"The application process is quick and easy via: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The last day to apply to register in time for elections in May is Monday 18 April; and the last day to register to vote in the EU referendum is Tuesday 7 June.


"In light of the EU referendum now taking place in June, it’s predicted there will a high volume of last minute online applications. In the majority of cases they will go through very quickly with no problem, but it is best to get in early just in case."


As well as making sure they are registered to vote, electors are being asked to think about how they will vote. Not which party or candidate they will vote for, but whether they wish to vote by going to their local polling station or by some other method such as by post or proxy.


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