London Borough of Barnet

Barnet residents urged not to lose their vote

Published Tuesday 3 April 2012

Barnet residents are being urged to take a few minutes to check they are registered to vote as part of Tuesday 3 April’s Register to Vote Day.

Those most at risk of losing their chance to have their say in the London elections are people who have moved house since last autumn and young people.

Residents must register to vote by 18 April if they want to have a say in the upcoming London elections on 3 May. The elections will give them a chance to vote for the Mayor of London and the 25 members of the London Assembly, including the Barnet and Camden’s constituency member.

The people being voted for in the election are responsible for many aspects of everyday life – from the underground, local bus services, and policing, to green spaces, air quality and Trafalgar Square.

A dedicated helpline has been launched by Barnet Council offering residents a wide range of advice from how to add their name to the electoral register, how to apply for a postal or proxy vote, and where to find their nearest polling station. Those who are not registered to vote can do so by printing off a form.

Residents can phone 020 8359 4111 Monday - Friday, 9:00am until 5.00pm, and then from 24 April to 2 May 9am to 8pm for assistance with any voting issues.

So far, 94 per cent of individuals (243,319) across the borough are registered to vote, with 45,000 people registered for a postal vote.

All those registered to vote should have by now received their polling cards for London elections, which confirms the polling date (3 May), polling times (7.00am - 10.00pm) and a map to their allocated polling station.

Residents who are yet to apply for a postal vote have until 5.00pm on 18 April, with a deadline of 5pm on 25 April for those who wish to apply for a proxy vote.

Chief Executive of Barnet Council and Consituency Returning Officer, Nick Walkley said:

“While it is fantastic news that 94 per cent of our residents are already registered to vote, it’s very important that everyone takes a few minutes to check they have received their polling card, proxy or postal ballot form. If not, there is still time to register. This is everyone's opportunity to have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives, but if they are not registered they will lose their chance to vote."

As with all elections, voters must be 18 years of age or over and be on the electoral register.

Press Contact: Sue Cocker