Local elections and EU Referendum – make sure YOUR vote counts

The countdown has begun to Manchester City Council local elections on Thursday 5 May.

Some 32 councillors – one in each of the city’s wards, representing one third of the council – will be elected by voters.

And with the crucial referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union being held on Thursday 23 June, voters are being urged to make sure they are registered so they can have their democratic say.

Remember also that being registered to vote can improve your credit rating. Credit reference agencies use the electoral register to confirm your identity so registering to vote may help you to get credit such as loans, mortgages or even just a mobile phone contract.

People will not be able to vote in local elections unless they have registered to vote by Monday 18 April.

Anyone who is on the electoral register can also choose to register to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote in the forthcoming local elections must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

Registration is a quick and easy process. If you are not registered you can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to download a registration form. You will just need your date of birth and national insurance number. If you need to update your details (for example if you have moved house, or changed surname through marriage) or simply check whether you are on the register email esu@manchester.gov.uk or call (0161) 234 1212.