20th September 2019

Make sure you’re registered to vote

On Thursday 2 May residents in Somerset West and Taunton will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level.

Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in our local area. These include housing, planning, parks, leisure and waste collections.

Residents must be on the electoral register so they can vote in this important election. Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) is urging residents who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday 12 April. Anyone can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.

Elisa Day, who manages SWT’s electoral services, said:  “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections. These elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Somerset West and Taunton. If you’re not registered by 12 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Adrian Green, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for Southwest England, said:  “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by giving us a call on 01823 358692.