Posted: Fri 8th Apr 2022

Time is running out to register to vote for upcoming local council elections!

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Apr 8th, 2022

Time is running out to register to vote in the upcoming local government elections.

On Thursday 5 May residents across Flintshire will head to the polls to have their say on who they want to represent them and their local community for the next five years.

Your vote will also help to shape the overall make-up of the council, with the person you vote to elect potentially having a wider say in how decisions are made on the executive board or on scrutiny committees.

However take part in the first local government election in five years, you must be registered to vote.

There is now less than a week to do so, with the deadline closing at midnight on April 14.

Registering to vote is quick and easy – and for the first time those age 16 and 17 can also register and take part in May’s election.

Who can register?

  • You must be 14 or over in Wales (however only those aged 16 and 17 can vote in the upcoming election)
  • A British citizen
  • An Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • A Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
  • A citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

You can register to vote here – https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Rhydian Thomas, Head of the Electoral Commission Wales, said: “You can only take part in the May elections if you are registered to vote, and time is running out. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.

“If you have recently turned 16 or moved home, it is particularly important that you make sure you are correctly 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.”

Voters have a range of options – they can vote in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 26 April.

For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/vote. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.

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