Polls close at 10 pm - there’s still time to cast your vote
04 May 2017
Polling stations for the county, town and parish council elections are open today Thursday 4 May, across Northumberland until 10pm tonight so if you haven’t yet cast your vote there is still time to do so.
The elections give voters the opportunity to select their local council representatives for the next four years and it is really important that those residents able to vote, do so.
There are 228 polling stations at 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 local polling station. While it is helpful if the card is brought along when residents vote, 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.
Will Booth, elections manager at Northumberland County Council said: “ Voting in the 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.”
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.