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Make sure you’re registered to vote in the European elections

Time is running out for Worcester residents to make sure they are registered to vote in the European Parliament elections on Thursday 23 May.
 
If you’re not already on the electoral register you need to apply by 11.59pm on Tuesday May 7 to ensure you have a say in who represents you at the European level.
 
Registering to vote takes just five minutes – head to gov.uk/register-to-vote. All you need is your National Insurance (NI) number.
 
If you are already registered to vote in this year’s local council elections, there is no need to register again.
 
Shane Flynn, Electoral Registration Officer for Worcester City Council, said:
 
“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure you are registered to vote. All you need is your National Insurance number and five minutes to log on to gov.uk/register-to-vote. Then you’ll be able to make your voice heard by deciding who represents you on important decisions made in the European Parliament.
 
“Remember – if you’re not registered by May 7, you won’t be able to vote on May 23.”
 
Residents who have registered to vote but who will not be able to go to a polling station in person on May 23 can apply for a postal vote or arrange for someone else to be able to vote on their behalf with a proxy vote. Details of how to apply for either of these options are at www.worcester.gov.uk/elections.
 
The deadlines for these applications are:
  • Postal votes – 5pm on May 8 
  • Proxy votes – 5pm on May 15
 
Residents are also being reminded to carefully check their polling card for the European elections, as their polling station may be different from the one for the local elections.
 
Polls for the European Parliament elections run on a proportional representation system, so ballot papers list parties rather that candidates.
 
Worcester is part of the West Midlands region for the European elections. Votes cast on May 23 will be counted on Sunday May 26 and fed into the overall West Midlands count, held in Birmingham – where the results will be declared.
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