Have you got a voice? There are just a few days left for people ensure they are registered to vote in the local elections.
And the message from Cheshire East is: If you can't vote, you haven't got a voice.
If you are not registered by 12 April, you could miss out on being able to vote and 'have your say' in the upcoming borough, town and parish elections on 2 May.
Polling cards have been posted to registered electors over the past couple of weeks. If you have not received your polling card, you should contact the council to ensure you are registered to vote.
Alternatively, if you are not already registered, you can register to vote via the government's website at: www.gov.uk/registertovote
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on 12 April. Cheshire East Council is actively supporting the Electoral Commission's drive to boost voter registration.
If you have not yet received your polling card, ring the council's elections team staff on: 0300 123 5016.
Cheshire East Council's acting chief executive Kath O'Dwyer, who is the Returning Officer for the local elections in the borough, said: "The deadline to register to vote in the local elections is fast approaching. I would urge people to check that they have received their polling cards and, if not, ensure that they are registered to vote.
"A healthy and vibrant democracy needs actively-participating voters – and you can't vote if you aren't registered. Did you know that one in three eligible young people are not registered to vote?
"It is really important that people cast their ballot and don't miss out on this opportunity to have a voice on the local issues that affect the lives of us all. I would urge everyone of voting age to take just a few minutes to ensure that they are registered to vote."
The deadlines to apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote are also looming:
Anyone looking for more information about voting should visit the website: www.yourvotematters.co.uk.
Remember: registering to vote does not mean you have to – it just means you don't lose out on the opportunity to do so.
On polling day, Thursday 2 May, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.
Information about voting at this election is available here
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