Two weeks left to register to vote in upcoming elections

With only two weeks until the voter registration deadline for local elections in May, we urge our residents to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on 14 April. You can apply online at It takes just five minutes.

On Thursday 5 May voters will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level. This year residents in Barnsley will be voting to select:

  • 21 Councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care and housing
  • Mayor of South Yorkshire, who is elected to lead a group of councils working together on issues that affect the whole area, such as transport and housing

Sarah Norman, Electoral Registration Officer for Barnsley Council, said: “With only two weeks to go, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections. These elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Barnsley.

“In order to vote in the elections, residents must be on the electoral register. So if you’re not registered by 14 April, you won’t be able to take part.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “You can only take part in these elections if you are registered to vote, and the deadline is fast approaching. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you make sure you are correctly registered to vote.

“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on (01226) 773070.”

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