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Remember to register to get your voice heard in Coventry

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With the deadline to register to vote just a week away, Coventry City Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

On Thursday, 6 May, Coventry residents will have their say on who represents them locally and in the West Midlands Combined Authority mayoral election and for their regional Police & Crime Commissioner.

This year the people of Coventry will be voting in a total of three different elections and will select:

  • Councillors who represent residents in their local area and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care and housing. 
  • A regional mayor, who is elected to lead the West Midlands Combined Authority on issues devolved from central government in Whitehall to the region, such as transport.
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who is elected to oversee your local police force, ensure they prioritise what matters to you. 

Residents can also apply for a postal or proxy vote if required.

Martin Reeves, Returning Officer at Coventry City Council, said: “Your vote is essential, and that’s why we’ve made sure that it is safe and accessible to have your voice heard in this year’s elections in Coventry.  

“Robust safety measures – from wearing face masks and the ability to bring your own pen or pencil to well-ventilated polling stations and access to hand sanitiser – have been put into place to ensure your safety. 

“But if you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5 pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote, the deadline is 5 pm on 27 April.

For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.

Written by: David Watkins

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