Don't miss your chance to vote in South Tyneside council elections

This week is National Voter Registration Drive and South Tyneside Council is encouraging anyone not yet registered to vote to go online and do so.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 2nd February 2016, 10:05 am
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Wigan Local Election results for Wigan wards local election at Robin Park, Wigan.
Wigan Local Elections 2015 Ballot Boxes, vote. Wigan Local Election results for Wigan wards local election at Robin Park, Wigan.

On Thursday, May 5, voters in South Tyneside will go to the polls to elect the councillors to represent them on South Tyneside Council as well as a Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

Anyone who is not registered to vote and named on the Electoral Register will not be able to take part.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, April 18. It only takes a few minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This is a chance for local residents to join the thousands of people across the UK being encouraged to register this week.

“We would encourage anyone who is not yet registered to vote to do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-today lives.

“The National Voter Registration Drive is an ideal chance for people to help spread the message among family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

Ben Brook, from the Electoral Commission, said: “National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered to vote, does so.

Local residents can register over the telephone or ask for a paper copy of the registration form by contacting South Tyneside Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000.

For details about electoral registration, visit the Council’s website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/elections