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Just over a week to go to register to vote

Just over a week to go to register to vote

With just over a week left to register to vote in the 4 May local elections, people are being urged to do so if they haven’t already. The deadline to register to vote in person is 13 April and all people need to do is visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and follow the simple process which should only take a few minutes. For those already registered, polling cards will be soon be dropping on their doormats, if not already. Carlton Brand, Wiltshire’s returning officer and Wiltshire Council corporate director said: “I would urge those who haven’t already done so, to register to vote. The elected councillors will represent our communities and make decisions that affect people’s day to day lives, as well as determining how more than £300 million is allocated annually. “To vote is a huge responsibility and opportunity, and we want as many people as possible to have their voices heard.” Carlton talks about the importance of voting in the elections and the simple process to register in a short video, which can be found on the Wiltshire Council YouTube channel – direct link to video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAxMbC5kdZ4 For those not voting in person, the deadline for receipt of new postal vote applications is 18 April and the deadline for receipt of proxy vote applications (someone voting on another person’s behalf) is 5pm on 25 April. With all 98 unitary seats up for election, as well all parish and town councils, the election in Wiltshire will be one of the biggest in the country. The polls will be open between 7am and 10pm on 4 May with the actual count and confirmation of results taking place throughout 5 May. For more information about the local elections people should visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections A full list of those nominated to stand in the unitary elections can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-2017


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