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Time is running out to register to vote in May elections

Craven residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote in time for the May elections.

On Thursday May 4, voters in Craven will go to the polls for the North Yorkshire County Council elections. There will also be a by-election for Craven District Council in the Aire Valley with Lothersdale ward, following the resignation of Councillor Patricia Fairbank. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Thursday, April 13.

If residents have not yet received a poll card, they may not be registered to vote. Anyone not registered to vote at their current address can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote

Paul Shevlin, chief executive at Craven District Council, said: "With only one week to go, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the elections on Thursday May 4.

"These elections are an opportunity to have a say on who represents local people on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in North Yorkshire. But if you're not registered by April 13, you won't be able to vote."

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: "Our research shows that nearly a third of people think that if you are old enough to vote then you are automatically registered, but in fact everyone must register themselves. Registering to vote is easy to do online and means that you can take part in these important elections; so make sure you are registered to vote by the deadline."

The four-yearly county council elections will cover all 72 North Yorkshire County Council seats across 68 divisions, including the seven divisions in the Craven district; Airedale, Mid-Craven, North Craven, Ribblesdale, Skipton East, Skipton West and South Craven.

North Yorkshire County Council is responsible for many everyday services, including education, social services, roads and public health.

For people who are registered to vote, but who will not be able to attend a polling station on May 4, deadlines are also approaching for the submission of postal vote and proxy vote applications. People have until 5pm on Tuesday, 18 April, to apply for a postal vote and until 5pm on Tuesday, 25 April, for a proxy vote. Contact Craven District Council on 01756 700600 to find out more.

More information about the elections, including all the key dates in the run-up to the vote on 4 May, can be found on the county council website, www.northyorks.gov.uk/elections