SHBC encourages people to register to vote ahead of local elections

Date: 

Wednesday, 24 March, 2021
On Thursday 6 May residents in Surrey Heath will have their say on who represents them at local elections.  
 
In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Surrey Heath is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time. 
 
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.  
 
This year residents in Surrey Heath will be voting in a number of different elections and will select: 
  • County councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care or housing 
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Surrey Police area, who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you. 
Local Government by-elections will also be taking place to:  
  • Elect a councillor for Bagshot ward of Surrey Heath Borough Council 
  • Elect three councillors to Bagshot ward of Windlesham Parish Council 
  • Elect two councillors to Chobham Parish Council. 
Richard Payne, Local Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer for Surrey Heath, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Surrey Heath. If you’re not registered by midnight on 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.” 
 
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at gov.uk/registertovote
 
“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.  
 
“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on vote@surreyheath.gov.uk or 01276 707165.” 
 
Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.  
 
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.  
 
For information on elections in your area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.