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County Council elections on 4th May - use your vote

Published
20.03.2017

Gloucestershire County Council is urging all residents to use their vote this May when the county council elections take place.

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On Thursday 4th May, elections will take place across the 53 electoral divisions which make up Gloucestershire County Council. These elections will determine how the county council is run for the next four years. The last elections took place in 2013. We are urging the public to make their voices heard by voting for the person who will represent them for the next four years.

To be able to vote, you must:

  • be registered
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (polling day)
  • be a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • be resident at an address in the area you wish to vote in
  • not be legally excluded from voting

If you aren’t already, you can register to vote by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, but must do so by the 13th April.

For those wishing to have a postal vote, postal proxy or to make changes to an existing postal vote for the elections, they must return their application form by 5pm on 18th April. Anyone wishing to apply for a proxy vote, where someone votes on your behalf, should return their application form by 5pm on 25th April to their local district council.

The last county council elections took place in 2013. The make-up of the council is currently 25 Conservatives, 14 Liberal Democrats, nine Labour, two Independents, one Green, one UKIP and one vacant seat. The turnout of the elections was 32.3%, of 475,960 people who were eligible to vote.

We would urge all those eligible to vote, to register and have their say. Your vote matters. Voting in your county council election gives you the chance to have your say on important issues that affect you locally.

Voting can also affect you in other ways. Did you know being registered to vote can make it easier for you to apply for a loan or mortgage? It can even help your credit score.

Pete Bungard, county returning officer and chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The county council has an impact on the lives of all Gloucestershire residents. Elected councillors are the public’s representatives on the county council so it is important that people use their vote on polling day”

“Voting is a privilege and responsibility. By using your vote, you have the power to make your voice heard. I know that some people say their vote doesn’t matter, but it really does.

“It only takes a few short minutes to register and is really simple as well.”

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