ELECTIONS are taking place throughout the city on Thursday 6 May this year to elect councillors to all 42 seats on Cambridge City Council, to the Cambridge divisions of Cambridgeshire County Council and to elect a Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and a Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.
The government has confirmed that all European Union citizens who have registered to vote in the UK are eligible to vote in these elections. They can do so along with other residents aged 18 or over on polling day who are British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizens and have registered to vote in Cambridge.
Residents wishing to vote at these elections must be registered by 11.59pm on Monday 19 April.
Residents already on the electoral register do not need to take any action and should already have received their poll card.
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 should only take a few minutes.
Anyone without access to the internet can get assistance by calling the council on 01223 457048.
Anyone wishing to vote in these elections by post has until 5pm on Tuesday 20 April to apply for a postal vote.
Andrew Grant, Returning Officer for the local elections, said: “I would encourage you to register by 19 April, so you have the opportunity to vote on 6 May, as the local councillors and leaders you elect make important decisions on behalf of Cambridge residents.
“If you have moved house recently, are a student who wants to vote in Cambridge, or if you know you are not yet registered, it is very straightforward to do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
“Since registering to vote is a separate process from other council services, you should not assume that because you pay council tax or have informed us of your address in the city, that you are registered to vote.”
People can appoint someone else to vote on their behalf by applying to vote by proxy up until 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
The Returning Officer is working to make sure that voters and staff are safe at polling stations on polling day. Voters can expect to find many of the measures already found in shops and other public venues such as protective screens.
People attending polling stations may be asked to queue outside so numbers inside of venues can be carefully monitored and will be required to wear face coverings inside unless exempt from doing so. Voters are also welcome to bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot papers.