Council urging residents to register to vote ahead of Local Government Elections

Residents of Darlington are being urged to register to vote, ahead of the Local Government Elections on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019.

Residents of Darlington are being urged to register to vote, ahead of the Local Government Elections on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019.

The Local Government Elections allows residents to have their say on who represents them at a local level and the councillors who will be responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area.

These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, fire and public safety, social care and waste management.

In order to vote in this important election, residents must be on the electoral register. Darlington Borough Council is urging residents 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 Friday, April 12th, 2019. Anyone can apply online on the Gov.UK website.

Luke Swinhoe, Electoral Registration Officer for Darlington Borough Council, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections.

“These elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Darlington.

“If you’re not registered by April 12th, you won’t be able to vote.”

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.

“It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote.

If in doubt, you can check your details by contacting Darlington Borough Council’s Electoral Services team on 01325 406444.

Source: Darlington Borough Council