Election Countdown – Time is short

By on 19/01/2010 in Blog

imagesAs Birmingham City Council prepares to manage and run not one but two elections, over the next five months, Elections Manager Robert Connelly urges all potential voters to ensure they are registered to vote in good time:

“As most people probably know a General Election is due to be held during the first half of this year, with local elections also due to take place on 6th May. 

“The Government can call a General Election with as a little as three weeks notice, meaning both those running the election and voters themselves may have little time to get ready for polling day.

“As such Birmingham City Council is urging all residents to ensure that they are registered to vote. If not you are not on the electoral register you will not be able to vote – it is as simple as that - and the time between the election date being announced and the last change to register can be just a matter of days.

“All potential voters were sent a registration form last autumn as part of the annual canvass. If you are not sure whether you have returned it, or if you have moved house or turned 18 since then, and have not registered your new details, it is important that you register now.

“Voters who will be away on 6th May, or may be unable to vote in person for either election, can of course apply to cast their vote by post. Those already registered to vote by post at their current address do not need to make a new application, however those who have not registered must do so in good time before polling day.

“Registration to the roll or for a postal vote is a fairly straightforward process. For more details go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/elections or call the elections office on 0121 303 2731.”

- in the run-up to polling day Robert will be writing a regular blog giving a unique insight into how local authorities plan for the big day – and what is taking place behind the scenes to ensure the vote runs smoothly.

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