Cast your vote and make your voice heard

25 Apr 2017

Local residents are being encouraged to  exercise their right to vote  at the county council, town and parish   elections which take place next Thursday 4  May.

The elections give voters the opportunity to elect their local council representatives for the next four years and it is really important that those residents who are able to vote do so.

On election day, 228  polling stations  will be  open from  7am – 10pm in   community venues   across the county.

Over recent weeks, polling cards have been sent to residents through the post informing them of their elector number and their  polling station. It is helpful if the card  is brought along when you  vote   but it is  not essential, so if you’ve mislaid it, you can still vote, as long as you are registered and eligible.

County Councillors  are  there to represent the views and opinions of individuals and are a voice and a leader for their local community.  They decide how the county council should carry out its various functions and how multi million pound budgets are spent.

Town and Parish Councillors deliver a range of services at a community level. Their role is to represent your local community, provide services to meet local needs and improve the  quality of local life.

Voting is a right that so many of us take for granted in this country.  Almost  100 years ago, women didn’t have the right to vote and people died fighting for the privilege to place their cross on a piece of paper.    

Will Booth, elections manager at Northumberland County Council said:  “ Voting in the forthcoming local  elections is one of the most effective ways of making sure your voice is heard by decision-makers within your community. Your vote can really make a difference.”

If you have any queries regarding electoral registration, please ring Northumberland County Council’s elections office on 01670 624811 , email elections@northumberland.gov.uk or log on to www.northumberland.gov.uk