Residents urged to register to vote by April 17

Residents of Cambridgeshire wishing to vote in the County Council elections on May 2 have been reminded that they must be registered first.

All 69 seats on the County Council are up for election on May 2 – and all residents of the county are being encouraged to vote.

But in order to be eligible to vote, residents must be registered first. People are not automatically registered to vote just because they pay Council Tax.

Anyone wishing to register should contact their local city or district council – but this must be done by Wednesday 17 April.

Taxpayers who are already registered to vote but who will be away on May 2 can apply to vote by post up to 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

County Council returning officer Wilma Wilkie said: “County Councillors make crucially important decisions on your behalf, so it is vital that residents exercise their right to vote on May 2. This is increasingly important as the Council prepares to make difficult decisions about council services in the next four years.

“Anyone who is not sure whether they are registered to vote should check with the relevant District Council Electoral Registration Office as soon as possible. If they are not registered and wish to vote, this must be done by Wednesday 17 April. Your vote is vital – it will help shape the future of Cambridgeshire over the next four years.”

The deadline for the receipt of nominations from those wishing to stand as County Councillors is Friday 5 April.