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Council urges residents to register to vote ahead of 2019 elections

Horsham District Council is encouraging as many residents as possible to take part in the district Council elections on Thursday 2 May 2019.
In order to vote in the elections, residents must make sure that that they are registered to vote by Friday 12 April. Anyone already registered to vote will receive their poll card in early April. If you are not registered, you cannot vote and your credit rating may be affected.
Commenting on the election, Returning Officer, Glen Chipp, said: “On 2 May the Horsham District will vote to elect District councillors to represent each ward within the Horsham District.
“It is important that as many of our District’s residents as possible understand the need to register to vote if they haven’t already done so. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to have your say.”
If you have recently moved to the District or have just turned 18, there is still time to get on to the electoral register in time for the election.
Registering is quick and easy and can be done online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  at any time. If you are unable to register online, a paper form can be requested by contacting the council’s Electoral Services team.
Parish council elections will also take place on 2 May.
These are the first elections to take place using new ward boundaries following a review last year. This means that some households are now in a different ward from previous years.
New polling stations will be in use this year, and voters are encouraged to check their poll cards carefully or the find your polling station webpage for information on where they can vote.
Electors who are unable to vote at the polling station can apply for a postal vote or appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Postal votes will be sent out from Tuesday 16 April. The deadline for appointing a proxy is 5pm on Monday 24 April. Both forms are available on the Horsham District Council website or can be requested from Electoral Services.
To find out how to register or find out more about voting in the election, visit the council’s website www.horsham.gov.uk , email elections@horsham.gov.uk , or call the Electoral Services team on 01403 215126.

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