Preston residents urged to register to vote ahead of local elections

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Prestonians are being urged to make use of their vote in the upcoming local elections.

This May the city will take to the polls to decide who will control the City Council and you need to be on the electoral register to be allowed to voted.

Residents have until Wednesday 18th April to register so they can cast their vote at the polling booth on Thursday 3rd May.

The Town Hall is currently controlled by the Labour group, headed by Councillor Peter Rankin.

Peter Welsh, head of electoral services, said people needed to have their say about the future of the city.

He said: ““You must be on the electoral register to have your say on who sits on your council. If you have recently moved to the area, or moved house it is important to make sure that you register at your new address otherwise you won’t be able to vote. It only takes a few minutes to complete a registration form.”

Registration forms are available by calling 01772 906908 or you can print a form from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

The Electoral Commission is urging those who think they might be unable to make it to a polling booth on the day to make use of postal or proxy voting.

Barbara Lines, Regional Manager from the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, said: “Even if you will be away on holiday, or think you might be caught up in work you can make sure you have your say by applying to vote by post or proxy. You can print off the forms from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk”.

To vote you must be aged 18 or over and be a British, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.

All wards of Preston are up for re-election apart from the College, University and Moor Park wards.

You can find out your local ward here and who your local councillors currently are here.

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