Get in poll position for 5 May

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With many local government elections taking place in England as well as the UK-wide referendum on the voting system used to elect MPs, Thursday 5 May promises to be a big day for voters.

In our role as the independent elections and referendum watchdog, we’re helping voters by sending an information booklet to every household in the UK. This tells readers what’s going on and provides neutral, factual information, including how votes are cast and counted under the First Past the Post and the Alternate Vote systems, and the referendum question being put to voters.

Your readers can also get the booklet and more information, including an animated video where Victor the Vote Counter demonstrates both voting systems, on our website:

Finally – Thursday 14 April is the deadline for anyone who has not yet registered to vote to do so. Registration forms can be printed from our website. Anyone not registered won’t be able to have their say on 5 May.

Clinton Proud, Head of Campaigns, Electoral Commission by email