Residents of South Tyneside are urged to make sure they are registered to vote ahead of the Local Government Elections in May.
On Thursday 2 May, residents will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them on South Tyneside Council.
Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on council services. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, public safety, social care and waste management.
In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the Electoral Register. Residents who have not registered at their current address need to make sure they are registered in time.
The deadline to register to vote in the local elections is Friday 12 April. Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
South Tyneside Council is supporting the Electoral Commission's Got 5? campaign highlighting how it only takes give minutes to register to vote online.
Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Democratic Renewal, said: "Residents have a month to make sure they can take part in the local elections. These elections are an opportunity for people to make their voices heard and have a say on who represents them on issues directly affecting their everyday life in South Tyneside. But those who are not registered by 12 April will not be able to vote.
"Registering to vote is really quick and easy. It can be done online in a matter of minutes. We are urging anyone not registered to do so as soon as possible to help protect their right to vote."
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: "If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in these important elections."
Those who were registered to vote in the last elections and whose details have not changed will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, contact the Council's Election Team on (0191) 424 7230.
For further information about elections in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/elections