The only way to have your say in the upcoming County Council elections is to ensure you are registered to vote.
Ahead of the County Council elections on Thursday 6th May 2021, anyone who wants to vote must be on their local electoral register.
The electoral register is maintained and published by your local district council.
People that are already on the electoral register will receive a poll card before the election telling them where and when to vote.
If you do not receive one, please contact your local electoral services team. Their contact information can be found via your local district council website or visiting the dedicated election pages of the County Council website.
The deadline for registering to vote this year is Monday 19th April. Please visit the register to vote pages of GOV.UK to ensure you’re registered.
If you are unable to make it to your local polling station, you can apply for a postal vote or to vote by proxy.
A postal vote means that you receive your ballot paper by post before the election and return it the same way. A proxy vote allows you to appoint another person to vote on your behalf, either at a polling station or by post.
Application forms for voting by post or by proxy are available from the dedicated elections pages of your local district council website.
Postal applications need to be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 20th April.
The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
Individuals who need to self-isolate because of coronavirus will still be able to vote in the local elections, following a planned amendment to emergency proxy voting rules published in Parliament.
Anyone who is self-isolating due to COVID-19 to access an emergency proxy vote, up to 17:00 on election day.
Abraham Ezekiel, Returning Officer for Worcestershire County Council, said: "The County Council elections take place every 4 years and all our 57 seats are due to be contested on Thursday 6th May. This means residents have the opportunity to choose who they want to represent them as their local County Councillor.
"However, you can only have your say if you are registered to vote. The last date for registration is Monday 19 April. If you have not received a poll card by Wednesday 7th April, please contact the electoral services office at your local District Council so that you don't lose your right to vote."
For further information about the County Council elections, including how to become a County Councillor, go to the dedicated election pages of the County Council website.
Following the publication of the Notice of Election on Thursday 22 March, prospective candidates have up until 4pm on Thursday 8 April to get their nomination papers submitted.
Keep up to date with the progress of the County Council elections on Twitter by following @worcscc and using #wccelections