Are you registered to vote? Elections are coming up!
Written by Scott McGerty on 17th April 2018
Time is running out to get on Sunderland’s Electoral Register if you want to vote in the City Council election on Thursday 3 May.
Credit: Ana Jaks
There are already 207,810 people on the Sunderland Electoral Register and 86,414 people have registered for a Postal Vote.
Voting is already underway as those registered for a Postal Vote have been receiving their postal ballot packs. Anyone who has not yet registered to vote has until midnight tonight (Tuesday 17 April).
Sunderland’s Returning Officer, Irene Lucas CBE said: “Time is running out if you want to take part in the election on Thursday 3 May.
“The election is an opportunity to have your say on who represents your ward and your neighbourhood. But if you’re not registered, you won’t be able to vote.
“Registering to vote takes a few minutes, and can be done either online, over the phone or by completing an application form and it means that you can take part in this important election; so make sure you are registered to vote by the deadline.”
Sunderland is one of more than 150 councils holding elections this year. The 75 Sunderland councillors serve a four year term and the council holds election by ‘thirds’. Therefore one seat of the three in each of the city’s 25 wards is up for election.
The deadline to be included on Sunderland’s register of electors is midnight on Tuesday 17 April and applications to vote by post must reach the council by 5pm on Wednesday 18 April.