Young people across South Tyneside are being reminded that they must register to vote to have their say on Election Day this June.
The Parliamentary Election is only weeks away, with the South Shields and Jarrow constituencies being contested on Thursday 8 June.
Young people who are 18 or over on 8 June are eligible to vote on Election Day and those over the age of 16 can register to vote now for the future.
However, anyone who is not registered to vote or who has not applied to be added to the Electoral Register by Midnight on Monday 22 May will not be able to take part in the forthcoming election and will not be able to decide who represents them in Parliament.
The Council is not only encouraging young people to make sure they are registered to vote but is hoping to increase the turnout among young people on Election Day.
Martin Swales, Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council and Acting Returning Officer, said: "Registering to vote gives young people the opportunity to shape their future. It is extremely important that they have their voices heard and one of the most effective ways of doing this is by voting.
"The Parliamentary Election offers young people the chance to have their say on who represents them in Parliament on issues that affect their everyday lives.
"We want our young people to know that their vote really does matter and we are urging them to act now to make sure they are registered to vote."
Young people can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Those who would prefer to vote by post, rather than going along to a Polling Station, can apply for a Postal Vote. The closing date for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.
Anyone who has difficulties accessing the internet or would prefer to register over the telephone can call our Elections helpline on (0191) 427 7000. They can also get help if they are unsure whether or not they are registered.
More information about electoral registration in South Tyneside is available on the Council's website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/elections.