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When is the deadline to register to vote for local elections? Hours left before deadline

Anyone wishing to vote in this year's local elections have just hours to make sure they're registered.

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Local elections will be taking place on Thursday, May 4, in England and Northern Ireland for more than 8,000 council seats across 230 local authorities.

The elections on May 4 will be the first to take place under new rules that mean some elections and referendums in England will require voters to present photo ID before they receive their ballot.

The Government’s new policy means people must not only be registered to vote but also take a form of ID such as a passport or driving licence when they head to their local polling station.

When do I need to register to vote?

In order to be able to vote in the elections in England, you need to register to vote. The deadline for registering is 11.59pm tonight.

This can be done online at

You must be aged 16 or over (or 14 or over in Scotland and Wales).

You must also be one of the following:

  • A British citizen

  • An Irish or EU citizen living in the UK

  • A Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

  • A citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

What elections are being held this year?

Councils across England are taking part in this year's local elections.

Telford & Wrekin Council is one authority holding an election this year, though neighbouring Shropshire Council is not.