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WEST LINDSEY residents are being urged to ensure that they are registered to vote for the upcoming all-out elections.

All seats on West Lindsey District Council and Gainsborough Town Council are being contested in the authority’s first all-out elections on Thursday 5th May.

On the same day the UK-wide referendum is taking place alongside parish council elections.

With several Bank Holidays coming up, residents who will be away on election day can also apply to vote by post or proxy.

Assistant Electoral Registration Officer Graham Spicksley said: “The deadline to register to vote or apply for a postal vote is Thursday 14th April so if you’re not already registered or require a postal vote application don’t delay. Applications for proxy votes can be submitted up to 21st April.”

He continued: “The Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, is sending a booklet to every household in the UK with information about how to have your say on May 5th. Don’t let the deadline and the chance to have your say pass you by.”

Mr Spicksley added: “People don’t always realise that they can have their say in different ways, including by post or by asking someone you trust to cast your vote for you.”

“So if you are going to be away on Thursday 5th May, take a few minutes now to make sure your voice will still be heard.”

The referendum is on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament. The question being put to voters on Thursday 5th May is: “At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

To register to vote you can call 01427 676676 or print off the relevant form online from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk