Days left to register to vote in upcoming Northamptonshire council elections

'Extremely significant' poll represents a fresh start for local government in the county

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:09 am
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:10 am

Residents have just a few days left to register to vote in the council elections which mark the beginning of a new era in Northamptonshire.

Voters must register by 11.59pm on Monday (April 19) to take part in the elections - do so online at gov.uk/register-to-vote, using your PC, tablet or smartphone.

North Northamptonshire Council returning officer Rob Bridge said: “As we edge closer to polling day, I would like to urge all residents to register to vote allowing you to have your say in an extremely significant election, an election that marks the beginning of a new era for the area and one which will map out of the future of North Northamptonshire and your new council.

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Register by Monday to vote in the council elections on May 6. Photo: Getty Images

“Residents still have time to register to vote, and to register for a postal or proxy vote. Please don’t miss your chance to have your say.

“Remember, if you’re currently registered with the former districts, you don’t need to re-register.

"It is only those who are not currently registered or who have recently moved to a new house, who will need to re-register.”

The two new unitary authorities of North and West Northamptonshire councils launched on April 1, heralding a fresh start for local government in the county.

On May 6, elections will be held for the 78 seats that make up the new North Northamptonshire Council.

The authority has taken over all the responsibilities of Corby borough, East Northamptonshire, Kettering borough and Wellingborough borough councils as well as Northamptonshire County Council.

There will be 93 seats up for election to the West Northamptonshire Council which took over the responsibilities of Northampton borough, South Northamptonshire and Daventry district councils.

On polling day, residents will also be able to cast votes for the Northamptonshire police, fire and crime commissioner and to elect representatives for many of their town and parish councils, including the first elections to new town councils for Corby, Northampton, Kettering, and Wellingborough.

There will also be neighbourhood planning referendums held in Ecton and Gretton.

Residents can also check whether if they are already registered or register by calling their local elections office.

To find out how to apply for a postal, proxy or emergency proxy vote, visit northnorthants.gov.uk which also provides details of local elections office.

The deadline to register for postal voting is 5pm on Tuesday, April 20 and for voting by proxy is 5pm on Tuesday, April 27.

For those who have registered for previous elections, then there is no need to re-register unless a resident has recently moved home.

For more information about the elections, visit: northnorthants.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/elections-2021