Less than a week left to register to vote and have your say in elections across Greater Manchester
WITH less than one week left before the voter registration deadline, residents across Greater Manchester are urged to register to vote and have their say on who makes important decisions affecting them.
In order to vote on Thursday 6 May, residents must register before midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (external website, opens in new window).
This year residents across Greater Manchester will be voting in up to three elections, for:
- The Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The Mayor is a major figure in the political life of the city-region, with unique powers and responsibilities. This includes setting budgets and priorities for Greater Manchester’s public services including transport, housing and planning, the fire and rescue service, Police and Crime Commissioner responsibilities, and acting as an ambassador for the city-region.
- Councillors. Councillors are elected to represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of local policies in areas such as social care, housing, planning, highways, and education.
- The Salford City Mayor. Residents in Salford will elect the City Mayor, who is Salford’s political, strategic and community leader and has overall responsibility for the delivery of all council services.
A total of nine candidates are standing in the second election for the Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The first election was held in 2017.
The full list of candidates, official notices, and other information can be found at www.gmelects.org.uk.
All electors in Greater Manchester will receive a candidate booklet in the post from 17 April, as required by law. The booklet will explain more about the election and the candidates who have chosen to provide an election address.
There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post, or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf). The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.
Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe so voters should not be concerned about using them. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.
More information about the elections taking place in Greater Manchester, including information about registering to vote and applying for a postal or proxy vote can be found at www.gmelects.org.uk.
Eamonn Boylan, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Returning Officer, said: “This election is an opportunity for voters to choose who makes decisions that affect residents and the places where they live, whether that be the Mayor of Greater Manchester, local councillors in their boroughs, and in Salford the City Mayor.
“It’s very important that anyone wanting to have their say in these elections makes sure they are registered to vote before the deadline. That deadline is now just days away, so I would urge people who haven’t yet registered to do so as soon as possible.”
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