Thursday is polling day for local elections - make your vote count.

Polling stations will be  open  on Thursday 4 May across Northumberland  for the county, town and parish council elections .

The polling stations will be open from 7am - 10pm at 228  community venues across the county so if you are eligible to vote, make sure you go along and cast your vote - it can really make a difference.

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.

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.

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.  
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