South Tyneside elections 2021: People urged to make sure they are registered to vote

People in South Tyneside are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote ahead of local government and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Elections next month.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 1:18 pm
People in South Tyneside urged to make sure they can vote

The polls to determine who represents them on South Tyneside Council and for Police and Crime Commissioner take place on Thursday May 6.

To vote, residents must be on the Electoral Register an anyone not registered at their current address need to make sure they are on the voter’s roll by Monday 19 April. Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

In the current circumstances South Tyneside Council is encouraging electors, particularly those who have previously been asked to shield, to consider voting by post.

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The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

John Rumney, South Tyneside Returning Officer, said: “These elections are an opportunity for people to make their voices heard and have a say on who represents them on issues directly affecting their everyday life in South Tyneside.

“Registering to vote is really quick and easy. It can be done online in a matter of minutes. We are urging anyone who is not registered, to do so as soon as possible to help protect their right to vote. After the deadline, it will be too late.”

South Tyneside Council is supporting the Electoral Commission’s Got 5? Voter registration campaign.

Ailsa Irvine, director of electoral administration and guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “I takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote

Those who were registered to vote in the last elections and whose details have not changed will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, contact the South Tyneside Council’s Election Team on 0191 424 7230.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone to cast a proxy vote on their behalf.

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 Tuesday April 20, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on April 27.

For further information, go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/elections