Time is running out – are you ready to vote?

Posted on: 8 April 2016

The election of the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) to be held on 5th May is now fast approaching – and if you haven’t yet registered, time is running out if you want to cast your vote and influence the outcome.

From 24th March, Torridge District Council and North Devon Council sent out polling cards to residents aged 18 or over who are registered to vote, with the upcoming election on Thursday 5th May. If you haven’t yet registered, you have until 18th April to do so or you won’t be able to vote.

Anybody who can’t make it to the polling station should talk to the council’s elections teams, who can discuss the alternatives that are available to them so they can still have their say. Applications for a postal vote need to be submitted by 19th April. You can also arrange for a proxy vote (where someone you know and trust, votes on your behalf).

Electoral Registration Officer and Head of paid Service at Torridge Council, Jenny Wallace says: “Everyone who is registered to vote will receive a polling card. If you don’t receive one, it may mean you’re not registered to vote and you should contact the election team to check. Registering now will also allow you to take part and vote in subsequent elections, such as the EU referendum vote taking place later this year.”

North Devon Council’s Electoral Services Manager, Judith Dark, says: “We don’t want anyone to miss out on having their voices heard in this election, as well as others that may follow. With the registration deadline fast approaching, the easiest way to make sure you’re on the electoral roll is to register online – it’s quick and easy, and can be done at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

More information about registering to vote, applying for an absent vote or postal vote and the Police and Crime Commissioner election can be found on the following council websites:

The Elections teams can also be contacted:

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