Make sure you can vote in General Election

Preparing for the polls
Preparing for the polls

DEADLINE day is looming for South Tynesiders to get registered to vote at the forthcoming elections.

There are only 10 days left for people to register, and South Tyneside Council is calling on those who have’t to act now before it is too late.

The local government and Parliamentary elections are only four weeks away, with 18 seats in all wards across the council being contested, as well as the South Shields and Jarrow constituencies at the general election.

People who are not registered will be unable to cast their vote on election day – Thursday, May 7.

Those who are not yet on the electoral register are being urged to sign up by the deadline of Monday, April 20, to claim their right to vote.

The council is particularly keen to remind young people that they need to be registered by the closing date.

Teenagers aged 16 or 17 can register themselves now, so they will be able to vote as soon as they turn 18. Students who are living away at university can also register at both their term-time and home addresses.

To remind people, the council has distributed flyers and posters to secondary schools, South Tyneside College and in libraries, leisure centres and other community buildings, giving information about the polling registration process and reminding people about the importance of registering to vote.

Under the new individual electoral registration system introduced last summer, everyone is responsible for registering themselves.

Those registering will need to prove their identify by providing their name, address, national insurance number and date of birth when applying.

To register online visit at Those who would prefer a postal vote, rather than going along to a polling station, need to be registered individually before they can apply for a postal vote. The closing date for postal vote applications is Tuesday, April 21, at 5pm.

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