15 May 2017

People across Sheffield are being reminded that the deadline to register for the forthcoming General Election is just one week away, by 11.59pm on Monday 22 May.

If you’re not registered to vote, or unsure if you’re still registered, you need to apply by 22 May.

Sheffield City Council is advising people not to leave registering to the last minute. If you are registered to vote, your polling card should have arrived last week. If it hasn’t, you may need to register to vote.

Your polling card will have been sent to the address where you are registered – if you have moved you need to make sure your electoral roll details are up-to-date.

And if you’re going to be away on polling day, Thursday 8 June, make sure you’ve applied for a postal vote before Tuesday 23 May.

If you can’t vote in person you can apply for a proxy vote which can be applied for until Wednesday 31 May.

Postal votes will go out by 30 May – so make sure that you look out for it and post yours back quickly.

Chief returning officer John Mothersole said: “The timing of this year’s General Election may have caught some people by surprise so it is more essential than ever that you check if you are registered to vote, or have made arrangements if you are unavailable on polling day.

“There has already been a large number of people registering to vote since the election was announced last month. I would appeal to people across the city to make sure they have received their polling card, or take the necessary steps to ensure they can vote on June 8.

“Registering to vote is quick and easy. You’ll just need your National Insurance number, date of birth and address to hand. Make your vote count on election day.”