Last chance to register to vote in time for the local elections

Residents wanting to have their say on who represents them at a local level have just one week left to register to vote ahead of the Basildon Borough elections on Thursday 3 May.

Local government elections select councillors who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area. These include housing, planning, parks, leisure and refuse/recycling.

In order to vote in this important election, residents must be on the electoral register. Basildon Council 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 Tuesday 17 April. Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.

Scott Logan,Basildon Council’s Managing Director and Returning Officer, said: “This is your last chance 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 the Basildon Borough. But if you’re not registered by 17 April, you won’t be able to vote. Make sure you don’t miss out.”

If you were eligible to vote in last year’s general 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 01268 533333.

If you are unable to get to your polling station on 3 May, the deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 18 April. To appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf, apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on 25 April. Visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk for more information.

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