Don't lose your voice! Check you are registered to vote on June 8

May 16, 2017

Ballot box

Cheshire East Council is asking people to ensure they are registered to vote – so they don’t miss out on having their say in the General Election on June 8.

The message from Cheshire East is: If you can’t vote, you haven’t got a voice.

If you are not registered, you could miss out on being able to vote in the upcoming General Election.

Polling cards have been posted to registered electors in the past few days. If you have not received your polling card by now (May 16) you should contact the council 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

If you have not yet received your polling card, ring the council’s elections team staff on: 0300 123 5016. The deadline to register to vote is Monday May 22. Cheshire East Council is actively supporting the Electoral Commission’s drive to boost voter registration.

Cheshire East Council’s acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer, who is the Returning Officer for elections in the borough, said: “Don’t leave it too late to register to vote in the General Election. A healthy democracy needs actively engaged voters – and you can’t vote if you aren’t registered.

“It is vitally 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 deadlines to apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote are also looming:

  • The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm, Tuesday May 23. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this deadline.
  • 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 May 31. 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/registertovoteAnyone who was registered to vote at the EU referendum does not need to re-register in order to take part in the 2017 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 June 8, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. Information about voting at this election is available at: www.yourvotematters.co.uk