With elections right around the corner, it’s imperative that you make sure you are registered to vote. The deadline for the May elections is 17th April, so you’re running out of time.

Sheffield will be electing 1/3 of the City Council – who are the people responsible for our funding and your support – so make sure you vote to have your say in how it’s run! Sheffield will also be electing a South Yorkshire-wide Mayor for the first time. Make sure you weigh in on who you want. Register to vote online now.

Every vote counts. Last election, three wards were won by tiny margins – and one even had to be decided by a coin flip! Even when it’s not that close, your vote still matters, and still counts, as it shows your elected officials what you think.

If you can’t make it to the polls, register for a postal vote – for you or the person you care for. You do not need to provide a reason why. 

You can also vote by proxy, or be the proxy for someone you care for. More information can be found here. Anyone can apply for a proxy vote for one election without giving a reason, and everyone can apply for a proxy vote permanently. You do not need anyone to support your application if you are registered blind or you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance, and if that doesn’t apply to you or the person you care for, then you can get your doctor or other health professional.

Carers Trust Local Elections Briefing: 

The Carers Trust has published a briefing about the local elections and why they’re important.

Read more here.