Oldham residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote if they want to have their say in the local and Greater Manchester mayoral elections on 6 May.
In order to vote, residents must be on the electoral register.
With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Oldham Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. This year residents in Oldham will be selecting:
- Councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care or housing
- A combined authority mayor, who is elected to lead a group of councils working together on issues that affect the whole area, such as transport and housing
Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, Chief Executive of Oldham Council and Electoral Registration Officer, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Oldham. If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.
“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.
“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action.”
Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.
For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter.