Barnsley residents urged to register to vote

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Barnsley residents are being urged to return their annual household canvass forms ahead of the next election.

Just over 50 per cent of the 108,000 households in the borough have responded so far

With local elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across the country in May 2016, residents are being urged to ensure they are registered to vote.

Councillor James Andrews, said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible.

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register.”

Kay Jenkins, from the Electoral Commission, said: “The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered.

“It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, and for those who need to registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration.”

To find out more call 01226 773070.