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Local people are being reminded they need to register to vote in the up coming elections by Tuesday 6 May.

In most wards there are two separate elections being held on Thursday 22 May – the European Parliamentary Elections and local Borough Elections. In Park Ward voters will have three ballot papers as there is also a by-election. In Mapledurham ward there is no council election.

A full list of the parties and candidates will be published on Thursday 24 April and full details will go up on notices in the Civic Centre and on the council’s website.

Residents are reminded they need to be registered to vote to have their say in the poll. Electoral registration forms were sent to every household across the Borough from October 2013 until February 2014. People can phone 0118 937 3717 to check whether they are registered to vote.

The deadline for registering for a postal vote is 17.00 on Wednesday 7th May. You have to be registered in order to have a postal vote.

Residents not yet on the Electoral Register need to ring 0118 937 3717 or email as soon as possible to request a registration form or postal voting application form. Forms can also be downloaded from visiting the  link below.

Registration forms need to be completed and returned to the Council’s Elections team by Tuesday 6th May 2014 at the latest.

For residents who vote by post, they need to know that applying for a Postal Vote directly from the council will entitle them to vote in the election if they meet the criteria for registration. Applying for a Postal Vote by any other process does not guarantee they will get a vote. The deadline to register for a Postal Vote is 17.00 on Wednesday 7 May. People need to be registered at their address before a Postal Vote can be issued.

Polling Stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 22 May. The Local Borough Count will start at 11am at Rivermead. It’s expected to finish around 3pm. The European Parliamentary Count will start at 16.00 on Sunday 25 May.

Reading Borough Council Links

The websites below are administered by Reading Borough Council and provide further information on services.