RESIDENTS are being reminded to ensure they are registered to vote in the general election on December 12.

It comes as the council ramps up its efforts ahead of polling day.

A total of 125 polling stations will be open in the town, with more than 500 members of staff to be involved.

The overall cost of the election in the town is approximately £295,000, which is funded by central Government.

Poll cards are being sent to registered electors across the borough.

Anyone who does not receive one should check that they are registered to vote, and if not, do so as soon as possible.

People who are not available to vote in person will need to apply for a postal vote or appoint someone to vote on their behalf, a proxy vote.

The deadline for registering to vote, or to apply for a postal vote is November 26 at 5pm.

The deadline to appoint a proxy is December 4 at 5pm.

Only people who are registered to vote can take part in the election.

To register to vote:

Visit, where you will need to provide your date of birth and national insurance number.

You can check if you are already registered to vote, by e-mailing the elections team at

To apply for a postal vote:

Complete the postal vote application form at

Contact electoral services at or call 01925 442184 to be sent a postal vote application form.

To apply for someone to vote on your behalf (a proxy):

Complete the appropriate form at

You can vote if you are 18 or over, you live in the UK and are a British or Irish citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen.

For more information on voting in elections visit