A final reminder has been issued to Manchester people to make sure they are registered to vote in the impending General Election.
The deadline to have applied to register, by the end of Monday 22 May, is now imminent so anyone who is not registered is being urged not to leave it too late.
If you are unable to get to your polling station on 8 June you can apply to vote by post or proxy. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on 23 May and for a postal vote is 5pm on 31 May. Find out more and get applications forms at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
People who have recently moved home, or changed their surname (for example through marriage) are also being encouraged to make sure their details are up to date.
Registration is a quick and easy process. If you are not registered you can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to download a registration form.
You will just need your date of birth and national insurance number.
If you need to update your details (for example if you have moved house, or changed surname through marriage) or simply check whether you are on the register, you should contact the city council.
Anyone who is already on the electoral register at their current address with the correct details need take no further action.
Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “Manchester is a city with a proud democratic history. It would be a real shame if anyone who wants to cast their vote in the General Election on June 8 was unable to do so because they were not registered.
“We are doing all we can to make sure people know what they need to do, and it’s a quick and easy process to register, but would-be voters who aren’t already registered need to take that final step right away to ensure they can participate.”
Details of candidates standing in the General Election in the five Manchester constituencies can be found at www.manchester.gov.uk/elections