If you plan to have your say in the upcoming local elections on 6th May, don’t forget register – or update your details if you need to.

The deadline for registering to vote in the May elections is 11.59pm on 19th April 2021 (for those who like precision). These elections include both the local government elections and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Although you can register at 16, you can only vote when you’re 18 or over. You only need to register once, not for every election, so it’s a good idea to do it as soon as you can. Registering online only takes about five minutes and you can find the form at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote   

You will need your National Insurance number (but you can still register if you don’t have one).

After you’ve registered, your name and address will appear on the electoral register. 

To check if you’re already registered, contact your local Electoral Registration Office. To change your name, address or nationality on the registration or to be removed from the open register you can use the Register to vote service. To do this, you need to register again with your new details (even if you’re already registered to vote).

You can also register with a paper form: download the form from the site mentioned above, fill out and send to the local Electoral Registration Officer at: Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings, TN34 3UY.

For more information, visit www.hastings.gov.uk/voting_elections/registertovote

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