Residents of South Tyneside are being advised that the UK may be required to hold European Parliamentary Elections on Thursday 23 May.
If held, the elections will give residents the opportunity to vote for who they would like to represent the North East in the European Parliament.
However, residents must be registered to vote to be able to have their say. If the election is held on Thursday 23 May, completed online and paper applications must be received by the Elections Office by Tuesday 7 May.
If the election is confirmed, the Council will be delivering official polling cards to all registered voters, giving notice of the election, details on how to vote and key dates.
Martin Swales, who is the Local Returning Officer for European Elections, said: "We are advising residents of the need to be registered to vote as part of our contingency planning. Those who are not registered by the required closing date, will not be able to have their say in the European Parliamentary Elections if they take place on 23 May.
"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."
Those who have moved house recently, or think they may not be registered to vote, can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Alternatively, residents can call the Council's Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000to register over the telephone or request a paper registration form.
More than 33,500 local people choose to vote by post. Applying for a postal vote simply involves filling in an application form, providing a signature and date of birth. Email the Elections Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000for an application form.
Those who would like to cancel or change an existing postal or proxy vote are also advised to email the Elections Office or call the Customer Contact Centre.
For further information about elections in South Tyneside visit the Council's website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/elections