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Nantwich residents are being urged to register to vote in the forthcoming local elections on May 2.

Those who are not registered will not be able to cast votes to elect councillors to represent them on Cheshire East Council as well on local town and parish councils.

Councillors are responsible for making decisions on running services including housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, public safety, social care and waste management.

Residents must be on the electoral register to vote.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday April 12.

Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – and it takes just five minutes.

Cheshire East Council acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer, the Returning Officer for elections in the borough, said: “Please don’t leave it too late to register to vote. Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections.

“These polls are a real 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 Cheshire East.

“If you’re not registered by 12 April, you won’t be able to vote.

“So, I would urge everyone of voting age to take just a few minutes to ensure that they are registered to vote.”

Melanie Davidson, head of support and improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.

“It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”

If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote.

If in doubt, check your details by giving us a call on 0300 123 5016.

Deadlines to apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote are also looming:

● The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday April 15. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this deadline.
● The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday April 24. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this deadline.

Anyone looking for more information about voting should visit the website www.yourvotematters.co.uk

On polling day, Thursday May 2, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.

Information about voting at this election is available at www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Polling cards will be delivered to all registered electors later in March.

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