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

ON Thursday May 6, residents in Sedgemoor will have their say on who represents them at the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is the person who oversees the local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to people living in the area.

Elections will also be running for the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council bye-election for the Burnham Central ward; as well as the Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan referendum.

In order to vote in these elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Sedgemoor District 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, April 19. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Robert Brown, Electoral Registration Officer for Sedgemoor council, said: “These elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here Sedgemoor. If you’re not registered by April 19, 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.

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered.  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 0300 303 7800.”

“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, all polling stations will have Covid-safe measures in place, making them safe places to vote on May 6.”

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on April 20, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on April 27.

For more information on the Police and Crime Commissioner election visit www.avonpccelection.org.uk

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