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Voters have less than a month to register for elections

YOUR CHOICE: A correspondent calls on people to 'vote courageously' in the elections
YOUR CHOICE: A correspondent calls on people to 'vote courageously' in the elections

PEOPLE in South Tyneside are being reminded they have less than a month until registration closes to be eligible to vote in May’s elections.

The local government and parliamentary elections are just six weeks away, with 18 seats in all wards across the council being contested alongside the South Shields and Jarrow constituencies in the General Election.

South Tyneside Council is urging those who are not yet on the electoral register to apply to register by the deadline of Monday, April 20 to protect their right to vote on Election Day – May 7.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Online registration makes registering to vote easier and more convenient than ever before.

“It only takes a few minutes to do at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and people can access it through their computer, smartphone or tablet.”

Sixteen and 17-year-olds can register themselves now so that 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 address and home address.

Under the new Individual Electoral Registration system, 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.

People can apply to register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Those who would prefer a postal vote need to be registered. The closing date for postal vote applications is Tuesday, April 21 at 5pm.

Anyone who has difficulty accessing the internet or would like to register via phone can call South Tyneside Council’s Elections Team on 424 7248 or 7527.