It only takes a moment and it’s your right. It’s your chance to have a say in local and national elections. It’s your voice on issues that matter to you. Thousands of voters in north East Lincolnshire stand to miss out on their right to vote in the upcoming local elections, with the deadline for registering to vote on Friday 12 April.
In the last general election, only 65.63% of voters in Cleethorpes cast their vote, and only 57.63% voted in Grimsby.
Now voters are being urged to make sure they don’t miss out due to changes in their circumstances.
If you’ve recently changed your name or address, you may not be able to vote because the electoral register information is not up to date.
To fix this, simply visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and follow the instructions.
The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming elections is Friday 12 April. If you register after this date, you will not be able to vote in the May local elections.
If you’ve already registered, and your details haven’t changed, you do not need to reregister.
Who can register to vote?
In North East Lincolnshire, you can register to vote if you are aged 16 or over.
You must be a UK citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK, or an EU citizen resident in the UK.
Note that you cannot vote until you turn 18.
How do you register?
Registering to vote is free and easy. All you need is your national insurance number and your date of birth
Once you’ve got those details, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and complete the short online form.
What happens next?
Once you’ve completed the online form, that’s it. You’re registered.
When a local or general election or a referendum is close, you’ll be sent a polling card which you’ll need to take to your polling station on voting day. The local polling station address will be on the polling card.
Do I need to register again?
If nothing changes, you only need to register once.
If you change your name, address or nationality, you will be required to register again to update your details.
I work away from home – can I still vote?
If you work away from home, you can set up a postal vote or a proxy vote.
Postal votes are sent to you well in advance of an election. You have to complete the postal vote pack and send it back to your local office so it arrives by 10pm on voting day.
To set up a postal vote, visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk.
A proxy vote is where you appoint somebody else to vote if you can’t.
You’ll have to appoint somebody you trust to vote on your behalf at your polling station.
To set up voting by proxy, visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk.