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

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On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Lichfield District will have their say on who represents them on Staffordshire County Council and who the next Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire will be. Some areas will also vote in by-elections and a neighbourhood planning referendum.

To vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Lichfield 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 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online.

This year residents in Lichfield District will be voting in a range of elections, including:

  • County councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of county-wide policies in areas such as transport, social care and education.
  • The Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, who is responsible for policing and the fire and rescue service.

Some areas will also vote in the:

  • Burntwood neighbourhood planning referendum
  • Lichfield City (Stowe ward) parish by-election
  • Summerfield & All Saints district by-election

Diane Tilley, Electoral Registration Officer for Lichfield District, said:

“Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They 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 Lichfield District. If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.

"If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act now to ensure you are registered. However, if you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action.”

Voters from across the district are also being urged to check and keep hold of their poll card ahead of the 6 May elections, as the locations of a number of polling stations have changed. This is because, in line with government guidance, the council is trying to avoid using local schools.

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

For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be Covid-secure places to vote. This will include social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, hand sanitiser and the request for voters to bring their own pen or pencil.

Published: 25 March 2021