VOTERS in Stratford are being urged to register in time to have their say in May.
On Thursday May 6 residents in Stratford can vote on who represents them Warwickshire County Council and to elect the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Warwickshire Police area.
There are also four Neighbourhood Planning Referendums to be held in Alcester, Clifford Chambers, Ilmington and Napton.
In order to vote, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Stratford District Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they do so by midnight on Monday April 19.
This year, residents will be voting in a two different elections with four neighbourhood planning referendums. They include, on councillors to represent their area and contribute to the development of policies, on the PCC, who oversees the local police force, and residents in four parishes will be voting on whether neighbourhood planning referendums in the areas should be approved.
The council’s electoral registration officer David Buckland said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They 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 Stratford-on-Avon. If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”
Voters can either cast their ballot in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place – known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on May 6.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on April 20, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on April 27.
For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter and www.gov.uk/registertovote to register.