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Voters urged to register in time to have their say in May

Published Wednesday 24 March, 2021
Last updated on Wednesday 24 March, 2021

On Thursday 6 May residents in Swale will have their say on who represents them at Kent County Council, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Swale Borough Council Sheerness Ward by-election, Warden Parish Council by-election and Faversham Town Council by-elections for Abbey Ward, Priory Ward & Watling Ward.

To vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Swale Borough Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. This year residents in Swale will be voting in a total of seven different elections and will select:

  • Kent County councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care or housing
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner, who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you
  • Swale Borough Council by-election for Sheerness Ward
  • Warden Parish Council by-election
  • Faversham Town Council by-elections for Abbey Ward, Priory Ward and Watling Ward.

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said:

“You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are 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. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on 01795 417 316.”

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 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/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.