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Voters are urged to register to have their say in May

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25 March 2022

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On Thursday 5 May people in Powys will have their say on who represents them on their local council.

In order to vote in May, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Powys County Council is urging people who are not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

It's the first time people aged between 16 and 18 have been able to vote in the elections in May, which will select councillors for Powys County Council and town and community councils.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Thursday 14 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

This year residents in Powys will be voting to select councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care and housing.

Powys Returning Officer, Dr Caroline Turner, said: "Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They 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 in Powys.

"If you have recently turned 16 or moved home, it is particularly important to make sure you are correctly registered to vote.

"Registering is easy and only takes five minutes. If you're not registered by 14 April, you won't be able to vote."

People can choose to vote in a number of ways - in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 26 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.