You must register if you want to vote

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Luton electors will have the opportunity to cast their vote in two elections and a referendum on Thursday, May 7.

To be able to vote in the elections, you need to be on the Register of Electors for the town.

There will be an election of Member of Parliament for the Luton North and Luton South constituencies, an election of councillors to Luton Borough Council and a referendum on the council tax increase for Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Residents who are registered to vote will be receiving a polling card displaying the date of the election, where your polling station is and the hours of the poll. To find out if you are registered, call the electoral registration team on 01582 510380.

You can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or you can download a form from www.luton.gov.uk/electoralregister and return it to the council by Monday, April 20.

If you are registered but cannot get to your polling station on May 7, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

A postal vote means you can post your vote to the Town Hall, it has to reach the council by 10pm on May 7. The deadline for applications to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday, April 21.

A proxy vote enables a nominated person to vote on your behalf. To apply for one of these votes, go to www.luton.gov.uk and search Elections.

New applicants to vote by proxy must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, April 28, changes to existing proxy votes, must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, April 21.

A spokesman for Luton Borough Council said: “All residents, and particularly those who may have moved address in recent months, are reminded they need to be on the electoral register in order to be able to vote, and have their say on not only how the council is run for the next four years but also in the general election and Bedfordshire Police referendum,

“Due to some parliamentary constituencies falling into two council areas, and the police referendum covering the whole of Bedfordshire, we will be working closely with Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough councils to make sure the voting process runs smoothly.

“With three different polls happening at the same time, there will be plenty of information and guidance available, including postal voting packs at polling stations to help voters fill in their ballot papers correctly.”

A full list of those nominated to stand in both elections will be available on the council’s website from 4pm on Friday.

If you have not received the polling card by Friday, April 10, and believe you are eligible to vote, call the electoral registration team on 01582 510380.