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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or log on to www.northumberland.gov.uk