Key votes of local and national importance are coming up and residents of North Somerset, Chew Valley and the Mendips are being urged to register.
On Thursday 5 May voters across the Avon and Somerset Police area will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner. The referendum on whether to remain in the European Union will take place at the end of June.
The following people will be standing for election as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Avon and Somerset Police Area:
- Kerry Barker, Labour Party
- Chris Briton, Green Party
- Paul Crossley, Liberal Democrats
- Aaron Warren Foot, UK Independence Party (UKIP)
- Sue Mountstevens, Independent
- Kevin Stewart Phillips, Independent
- Mark Weston, The Conservative Party Candidate.
Find out more about the candidates on the Avon and Somerset PCC Election 2016 website.
You can vote at the election if you are registered to vote, are 18 or over on 5 May and are a British citizen, a European Union citizen or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
Poll cards with details of the PCC election and the location of polling stations will be posted to all registered electors during April.
If you are not yet registered at your current address, you can do it online at www.avonpccelection2016.org.uk/register-to-vote. Those who would prefer to register using a paper form, can download a registration form from the online registration site or alternatively can request one by calling the Electoral Services Helpline on 01934 634 909.
The deadline to register to vote in time for the PCC election is midnight on Monday 18 April.
If you can’t go to the polling station on Thursday 5 May, then if you have registered by 18 April you can apply to vote by post or you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April, while the deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 26 April.
Dr Jo Farrar, the Avon and Somerset Police Area Returning Officer, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone across the Avon and Somerset Police Area to register now if you have not done so already. Our message is simple: you can’t vote, if you are not registered by the 18 April deadline. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to www.avonpccelection2016.org.uk/register-to-vote.”
Registering now for the elections in May will also mean voters are registered in good time before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on Thursday 23 June.