Voters urged to register in time to have their say in May

2:54pm - 12 March 2021
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On Thursday 6 May residents in North Somerset will have their say on who represents them at the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election. By-elections will also take place that day in the Portishead East ward for a seat on each of North Somerset Council and Portishead Town Council, and for Weston-in-Gordano Parish Council.

Residents must be on the electoral register to vote in these elections. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, North Somerset Council is urging people 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 Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Nicholas Brain, Electoral Registration Officer for North Somerset Council, said: “These elections are an important 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 North Somerset. If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.

“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your council on 01934 634 909.”

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on Thursday 6 May and will have the safety provisions in place in line with the Government’s latest Covid guidance.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April. The council is encouraging people to submit applications in advance of the deadlines.         

If you have any further queries please email North Somerset Council electoral services on electoral.services@n-somerset.gov.uk.

For more information on the local by-elections visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/elections. For more information on the Police and Crime Commissioner election visit www.avonpccelection.org.uk.

People interested in standing as a candidate at the Police and Crime Commissioner election are invited to attend a virtual live briefing on Tuesday 16 March. At the briefing the Police Area Returning Officer will explain in detail the nomination process and other key arrangements for the election. Please email elections@bathnes.gov.uk to register your interest.