Welwyn Hatfield residents urged to have their say on 2 May

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On Thursday 2 May, people in Welwyn Hatfield will have their say on who will represent them locally, and in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) elections.

Residents must be on the electoral register to be able to vote at these elections. Councillors on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) will be elected to represent the 16 wards whilst the PCC is responsible for ensuring that the police meet the needs of their local communities.

With the registration deadline approaching, WHBC is urging those who are not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered before it is too late. If you are not already registered, the deadline to register to vote is before midnight on Tuesday 16 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Voters have a range of options – they can vote in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote on their behalf, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 17 April online at www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote and the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is by 5pm 24 April online at www.gov.uk/apply-to-vote.

If you apply for postal vote, you must ensure your postal vote is sent back via Royal Mail in the provided pre-paid envelope. It must arrive at the local Returning Officer’s office by 10pm on polling day.

To vote at a polling station voters will need to show photo ID. To find out which ID you can use in the polling station, visit the Electoral Commission website. Without photo ID voters will not be able to vote at a polling station.

If you do not have one of the accepted types of ID, you can apply for free ID at www.gov.uk/how-to-vote/photo-id-youll-need. You must apply by 5pm on 24 April, to be able to use the Voter Authority Certificate on 2 May.  

If voters have a postal vote, they do not need a photo ID.  If you’re in doubt about whether you are registered to vote, or have questions about how to apply for a postal or proxy vote, or free ID, email elections@welhat.gov.uk or phone 01707 357300.

Published: 11th April 2024