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Don’t lose your right to vote in May local elections

Your vote matters don't lose itLocal elections for seats on Cumbria County Council are coming up on Thursday 4 May 2017, residents in Eden District have until midnight on Thursday 13 April 2017 to ensure they are registered to vote in time.

Anyone not registered to vote at their current address can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Karen Thompson, Elections Services Manager for Eden District Council, said: “With only a few weeks to go, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2017. These elections are an opportunity to have a say on who represents local people on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Eden District. But if you’re not registered by 13 April 2017, you won’t be able to vote.

"We would encourage anyone who has just moved house in the past few months or who is new to the area to get in touch to ensure they are registered at their new address. If you are also planning to be away on holiday and need a proxy or postal vote please contact us."

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: "Our research shows that nearly a third of people think that if you are old enough to vote then you are automatically registered, but in fact everyone must register themselves. Registering to vote is easy to do online and means that you can take part in these important elections; so make sure you are registered to vote by the deadline."

The deadline for new postal vote applications or changes to existing postal applications is 5pm on 18 April 2017.

To register to vote before the Thursday 13 April 2017 deadline simply visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Eden District Council’s Electoral Registration Team telephone: 01768 817817 email: elections@eden.gov.uk or visit www.eden.gov.uk