Voters urged to check they are on the register

With local elections and the referendum on an elected mayor taking place on 3rd May, potential voters who have moved or turned 18 during the last six months are being urged to ensure they protect their right to vote by checking they are on the electoral register.

In order to be eligible to take part in the polls, all citizens must be registered under their current address on the city’s electoral roll before it closes – on 18th April.

Birmingham City Council is urging local people to act now to protect their democratic right to vote, as they may run out of time otherwise.

Stephen Hughes, chief executive and returning officer for Birmingham City Council elections, said: “That every individual within the city who is qualified to be on the register is able to exercise their right to vote is one of the most fundamental pillars on which our society is built.

“I’d urge anyone who is in any doubt about whether they are on the register or not to get in contact and make sure, as once the roll closes there is legally nothing we can do if they are not.”

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is also 18th April. Voters already registered to vote by post at their current address do not need to make a new application.

Polling for both votes will take place on Thursday 3rd May 7am-10pm.

To inform the council of a change to your details on the electoral register go to http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/election or call the elections office on 303 2731 before 18 April.

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