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

Deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April

2021 Election 'Got 5' Graphic

Issued on: 7 April 2021

On Thursday 6 May residents in West Berkshire will have their say on who represents them for the following:

  • Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner 
  • Parish by-elections requested and delayed due to Covid-19:
  • Lambourn Parish Council (1 seat in the Lambourn Ward)
  • Lambourn Parish Council (1 seat in the Upper Lambourn Ward)
  • Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council (3 seats)
  • Newbury Town Council Clay Hill Ward (1 seat)

In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, West Berkshire Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they're registered in time.

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

  • Parish or Town Councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies.
  •  The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you

    Nick Carter Electoral Registration Officer for West Berkshire Council, said: "Time is running out to take part in these elections. They are an opportunity for residents to make their voices heard and have a say on who represents them. If you're not registered by 19 April, you won't be able to vote."

    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 West Berkshire Council by calling 01635 519464."

  • 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.gov.uk/registertovote. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.  For more information contact Electoral Services at West Berkshire Council (01635) 519464. See more information about the West Berkshire Elections.