Don’t know, doesn’t count - that’s the message Northumberland County Council is issuing to residents as it urges them to turn out to vote at the county and parish council elections.
On Thursday, May 2 polling stations will be open from 7am – 10pm in communities across the county providing the opportunity for the public to vote.
County councillors are there to represent the views and opinions of individuals and are a voice and a leader for their local community. They decide how the county council should carry out its various functions and how multi million pound budgets are spent.
Town and parish Councillors deliver a range of services at a community level. Their role is to represent your local community, provide services to meet local needs and improve quality of local life.
Voting is a right that so many of us take for granted in this country. Almost 100 years ago, women didn’t have the right to vote and people died fighting for the privilege to place their cross on a piece of paper. Now fewer than six out of every 10 people eligible to vote don’t bother.
Over recent weeks, polling cards have been sent to residents through the post informing them of their elector number and their polling station. It is helpful if this is brought along when you vote.