Every vote counts so make sure you are registered this May

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Doncaster residents are

being urged to make sure they are registered to vote, ahead of this year’s local, general and parish elections.

There will be three separate elections in May - the general, Doncaster council and parish council elections.

These are the first polls using a new and more secure system of registering to vote called Individual Electoral Registration which was introduced nationally last year.

The council is writing to households so that everyone who is eligible can cast their vote in May, and prompting those who have not registered to do so and alerting those who have recently moved that they need to register.

Commenting on the council’s voting drive Chief Executive and Returning Officer Jo Miller said: “The outcome of these elections affects every single person in Doncaster so make sure you are registered and cast your vote.

She continued: “Registering only takes a few minutes, visit gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Checking their eligibility to vote also gives residents an opportunity to check their details and inform the elections team if they are not correct.

Everyone over the age of 16 has to take responsibility for ensuring they are on the voting register.

People aged 16 and above are able to register to vote, but you have to be 18 or over to vote.

To register online, residents just need their date of birth and National Insurance number to ensure they have the right to vote.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, April 20, and polling day will take place on Thursday, May 7.

Following an electoral review of the ward boundaries in Doncaster the number of councillors in the borough is set to reduce from 63 to 55, leaving the town with eight fewer councillors.

As a result, the Secretary of State has announced that Doncaster council must hold ‘all out’ local elections in May, with every seat up for election. The election will be for a two year term of office.

The 2017 election, and future elections, will run alongside the mayoral election with all seats being contested for a four year term.

For more information please visit: http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/electoralreview