MANCH­ESTER MAT­TERS

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS -

P OLL cards are start­ing to be de­liv­ered in Manch­ester from this week­end for the im­pend­ing gen­eral and lo­cal elec­tions which take place on May 7.

With just over two weeks un­til April 20, the fi­nal dead­line to reg­is­ter for the elec­tions, would-be vot­ers who have not reg­is­tered yet are be­ing urged to do so be­fore it is too late.

Poll cards have be­gun to be sent out to ev­ery house­hold in Manch­ester for each per­son who is reg­is­tered at the ad­dress.

Where no one is cur­rently reg­is­tered at the ad­dress, res­i­dents will also be in­formed.

Any­one who is reg­is­tered but has not re­ceived their poll card by Fri­day, April 10 should con­tact the elec­tions team on 0161 2341212.

Sir Howard Bern­stein, elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer for Manch­ester, said: “There’s re­ally very lit­tle time left to reg­is­ter now. Any­one who wants to make their choice count in th­ese vi­tal elec­tions needs to make sure they are reg­is­tered with­out de­lay. ● “If peo­ple are in any doubt about whether they are reg­is­tered, or whether they are reg­is­tered at their cur­rent ad­dress, we’d also urge them to check.

“The last thing we want is for any­body to in­ad­ver­tently bar them­selves from vot­ing.

“There’s some tremen­dous work go­ing on around the city to en­cour­age peo­ple to reg­is­ter, for ex­am­ple the work the stu­dent unions are do­ing at our uni­ver­si­ties.

“We’re do­ing all we can as a city to pro­mote reg­is­tra­tion and make it as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. But we can only put peo­ple on the reg­is­ter if they ap­ply and the fi­nal step is up to in­di­vid­u­als.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple not to miss out.”

Reg­is­ter­ing to vote is quick and easy and you can do it on­line in less than five min­utes at www.gov.uk/ reg­is­ter­tovote – you just need to have your Na­tional In­sur­ance num­ber handy.

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