Residents of South Tyneside are urged to make sure they are registered to vote ahead of the Police and Crime Commissioner Election in July.
On Thursday 18 July, residents will go to the polls to have their say on who becomes the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the Northumbria Police Force area.
In order to vote in this important election, 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 Police and Crime Commissioner Election is Tuesday 2 July. Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Councillor Tracey Dixon, 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 Police and Crime Commissioner Election. This election is an opportunity for people to make their voices heard and vote for the person who will be accountable for how crime is tackled and the service provided in the Northumbria Police area. But those who are not registered by 2 July 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 this important election."
Those who were registered to vote in the last election 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