On Thursday 4 May people in Woking borough will have their say at local elections on who represents them locally. Residents must be on the electoral register to be able to vote in May.
With the registration deadline fast approaching, Woking Borough Council is urging those who are not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered before it is too late. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 17 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online.
Julie Fisher, Electoral Registration Officer for Woking Borough Council, said: “Local elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who makes decisions about issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Woking borough.
“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important to make sure you are correctly registered to vote. If you’re in doubt, you can check with our Elections Team by phoning 01483 755 855 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Those intending to vote at polling stations in May will need to show photographic ID. A list of accepted forms of ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website. Those that do not have eligible ID can apply for free voter ID.
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “If you’re not registered by Monday 17 April, you will not be able to vote this May. Registering to vote only takes five minutes and can be done online.
“Once registered, you can choose how you would like to vote – in person, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote in your place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a new postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April, and for a new proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.
“This year, voters should also remember that they will need to bring photo ID to the polling station to be able to vote. Anyone that does not have an accepted form of ID can apply for free voter ID by Tuesday 25 April.”
Read full details about the Woking borough elections and different ways to vote