Friday, 13 April 2012

Register soon or lose the chance to vote

Residents across Leeds are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote so they can have their say in the local elections and referendum on 3 May.

More than 18,000 households across the city failed to respond or fill in registration forms during last year’s annual canvass, despite follow-up efforts by electoral registration staff.

Voting is taking place this year on 3 May for seats on Leeds City Council and in a referendum on how Leeds City Council is run.

To have your say on 3 May, you must have submitted your application to register as a voter by Wednesday 18 April.

Susanna Benton, Leeds City Council’s electoral services manager, said:
“If your name isn’t on our electoral register, you won’t be able to have your say about issues that could directly affect you.

“We want to make sure that everyone eligible to vote in Leeds is able to do so. If anyone thinks they might not be registered, they should contact our helpline as soon as possible.”

The helpline number is 0113 222 4411. This is also the number to call for registration forms, which can also be requested by emailing electors@leeds.gov.uk or downloaded from the council’s website here electoral registration

For media enquiries please contact:
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
e-mail: claire@leeds.gov.uk

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