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Time running out to register to vote in West of England Mayoral election

Eligible voters in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire are being urged to register to vote by midnight this Thursday (13 April) to make sure they can have their say in the first West of England Mayoral election on 4 May.

Only people who are registered to vote in elections will be able to choose their candidate to become the first West of England Mayor next month.

The new West of England Combined Authority has control of a devolution deal worth more than £1bn over the next 30 years, with power and money previously administered by Westminster now available locally. The new Mayor will work with the Mayor of Bristol and leaders of Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils to make decisions over investment and strategy for regional infrastructure including homes, transport, business growth and adult skills provision.

Registering to vote can be done in minutes online. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with your National Insurance number and follow the on-screen instructions.

May’s election will give residents in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire the chance to make their choice on who will become the first West of England Mayor.

If you’re not registered to vote then you can’t have your say. People who are registered should recently have received their poll card, so if you haven’t had one give your local council a call and check your status. If you need to register, there’s still time to visit the Register to Vote website before the end of Thursday to be a part of this historic regional election.
Yvonne Dawes, Deputy Electoral Registration Officer for Bristol City Council

Those who are uncertain whether they are currently registered to vote should call:

Bath & North East Somerset: 01225 477 333
Bristol:  0117 922 3400
South Gloucestershire: 01454 863 030

More information about the West of England Mayoral election is available at www.wevote.org.uk and registered voters will soon receive a booklet with more details. This booklet is a legal requirement and will start hitting doormats from the middle of next week.