On Thursday May 3 residents in Worcester will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level – and residents are being urged to make sure they’re registered to vote.
Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area. These include housing, planning, parks, leisure, recycling and waste collection, and much more.
In order to vote in the upcoming local election, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching, so Worcester City Council is urging residents who have not already registered at their current address to make sure they do so in time.
The deadline to register to vote is 11:59pm on Tuesday April 17. Anyone can apply online. It takes just five minutes.
Tim O’Gara, Electoral Registration Officer for Worcester City Council, said:
“Time is running out to make sure you are registered to vote in the upcoming local elections. These elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say in who represents you on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Worcester. You will need to be registered by April 17, otherwise you won’t be able to vote on May 3.”
Chris Hinde, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for the Midlands, said:
“If you have turned 18, or if you have moved home recently, it’s particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”
If you were eligible to vote in last year’s General Election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote.
The elections on May 3 will be for 12 of Worcester’s 35 city councillors. Polls will be held in the Battenhall, Bedwardine, Cathedral, Claines, Gorse Hill, Nunnery, Rainbow Hill, St John, St Peter’s, Warndon, Warndon Parish North and Warndon Parish South wards. A by-election in the Warndon ward is expected to take place on the same date, following the recent resignation of Councillor Elaine Williams.