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People in Cheshire West and Chester are being urged to act now to ensure they have a voice in the upcoming elections and referendums.
On May 5 voters in the borough will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Cheshire Police area.

On the same day there will also be a by-election in the Winsford Town Council Over Ward and neighbourhood plan referendums in Hartford, Helsby, Neston and Tarporley.

And on June 23 there will be a national referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union.

People have until April 18 to register to vote in the May 5 elections and referendums. All residents who are registered should already have received polling cards.

"The message is simple: you can't vote if you are not registered. It's easy to do and only takes a few minutes."

The process to register to vote changed in June 2014. The responsibility is now with the individual for registering. Under the old system one person in a household could register everyone who lived at their address.

Residents can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The website also has instructions about how to register by post.

Further information about the elections and referendums in Cheshire West can be found at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Alternatively, more information about the PCC elections can found at www.choosemypcc.org.uk

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