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Council elections on 2 May - register to vote by 12 April

News release from 27/03/2019

ELECTIONS are taking place throughout the city on Thursday 2 May to elect councillors to 16 out of 42 seats on Cambridge City Council.

If residents wish to vote at these elections they must be registered by 11.59pm on Friday 12 April.

Residents already on the electoral register do not need to take any action and will receive a poll card by 5 April.

Residents aged 18 or over on polling day can vote in these elections if they are a British, Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen and have registered to vote in Cambridge. European Union citizens can still register and vote, even though the UK is due to leave the European Union.

People can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote if they have their National Insurance number to hand – a process which will only take a few minutes.

Anyone without access to the internet can request a paper form by calling the council on 01223 457048.

There will be elections in all 14 Cambridge wards. Two councillors will be elected in King’s Hedges after a vacancy was created following the death of Cllr Nigel Gawthrope.

Two councillors will also be elected in Trumpington ward following the resignation of Cllr Donald Adey.

Electors in the Trumpington county council division will also be able to elect a county councillor, following the resignation of Cllr Donald Adey from that seat also.

Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council and Returning Officer for the local elections, said: “I would encourage residents to register by 12 April, so they have the opportunity to vote on 2 May, as local councillors make important decisions on behalf of the people of Cambridge.

“Anyone who has moved house recently, is a student who wants to vote here, or knows they are not yet registered, can do so very quickly at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“Since registering to vote is a separate process from other council services, people should not assume that because they pay council tax or have informed the council of their address in the city, that they are registered to vote.”

People wishing to vote by post can apply to do so by 5pm on Monday 15 April.

People can appoint someone else to vote on their behalf by applying to vote by proxy up until 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

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