Last chance to register ahead of 4 May elections

Anyone who is not already on the electoral register has just days left to add themselves in time to be able to vote in the first ever elections for a Greater Manchester Mayor.

People will not be able to vote on 4 May unless they have registered by Thursday 13 April 2017.

Eight candidates have confirmed that they are standing in the landmark election, and Greater Manchester people are urged to make sure they are registered so they can have their democratic say.

Anyone who is on the electoral register can also choose to register to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The deadline to appoint a proxy – to appoint someone else to vote on your behalf – is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Registration is a quick and easy process. If you are not registered you can visit 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  email or call (0161) 2341212.

Anyone who is already on the electoral register at their current address with the correct details need take no further action.

Eamonn Boylan, Combined Authority Returning Officer for Greater Manchester, said: "This is a landmark election for the region and the first time the people have their say on who will become elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. I would urge everyone to check that they are registered as it's essential that nobody loses out on their right to vote."

Joanne Roney OBE, Local Returning Officer, said: "Voters living in the Manchester City Council area, like those across Greater Manchester, have the chance to shape a historic decision on 4 May. We are determined to ensure that no one who wants to participate in this election misses out because they are not on the electoral register in time.

"For those living in the Manchester Gorton parliamentary constituency, there is also a by-election on the 4 May to elect a new MP. This has the same registration and postal vote application deadlines."

The Manchester Gorton constituency consists of the following wards: Fallowfield, Gorton North, Gorton South, Levenshulme, Longsight, Rusholme, and Whalley Range. Voters in Rusholme also have a Manchester City Council ward by-election to elect a new councillor after Cllr Kate Chappell stood down. 

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