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Gloucester City Council is reminding all residents to use their right to vote on Thursday 5th May for the elections for Gloucester City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The city council has made the move to ‘all out’ elections, following the introduction of additional wards across Gloucester, and there will be 39 councilors in total being elected.

Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections.

If you are eligible to vote you will have been sent a polling card telling you the date and time of the election and the address of your polling station.

For those who have not registered to vote, you will not be able to register in time for this election, but can still register for further elections and for the EU referendum at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Unless you have applied for a postal or proxy vote, you should go to the polling station stated on your poll card on the date of the election during the hours shown on the card. You can show the polling station staff your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.

You will be asked to provide your name and address, who will double check you are on the register. As there are elections for the city council and Police and Crime Commissioner, you will be given two different ballot papers, which will have instructions on about how to cast your vote.

Once inside the polling booth you can cast your vote, and are advised to fold the ballot paper so your vote remains private.

If you are not sure what to do, ask the polling station staff to help you, but do not let anyone see your vote.

Jon McGinty, returning officer at Gloucester City Council, said: “We want every eligible person in Gloucester to come and use their right to vote next Thursday.

“This is a hugely important part of Gloucester’s democracy and I hope that we have a really good turnout. You may not have voted before, but don’t let that put you off, there are staff at every polling station to help.”

Gloucester News Centre – http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk

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