Derby residents urged to register to vote in upcoming Local Elections
Published: 25 March 2022
Derby residents will be heading to the polls on Thursday 5 May to take part in the Local Elections to elect councillors in all 17 wards of the city.
In order to vote in the Local Elections, residents must be on the electoral register by 11.59pm on Thursday 14 April, and Derby City Council is urging those who have not registered at their current address to do so before the deadline.
Anyone over 16 can register online, although you must be 18 to vote in elections. The process takes just five minutes and all you will need is your National Insurance number. People who have recently moved home are particularly recommended to check they are registered and take action if not.
Registering to vote gives citizens the opportunity to exercise their democratic right and shape policies nationally and locally through the people they elect. The benefits also stretch to helping improve your credit score, making it easier to secure loans or a home.
Students are also reminded that they are able to register at both their home address and term time address. Providing both areas are in different elections, they are also able to vote in both.
Emily Feenan, Director of Legal, Procurement and Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer for Derby City Council, said:
Voting is an important way of being able to have your say and shape policies that will impact people in Derby. Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. I’d encourage everyone in Derby to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote.
Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you aren’t registered by 14 April. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to gov.uk/register-to-vote.