NEARLY 5,000 new Liverpool residents have answered the call to action by registering to vote in the upcoming local elections.
Over the past few weeks, the council has been raising awareness about voter registration in readiness for the elections on Thursday 2 May.
Since the call went out in early March, a total of 4,897 new electors have added their names to the city’s Electoral Roll.
During that time the council’s Electoral Services team has delivered more than 300,000 polling cards to homes across Liverpool. The team has also been delivering special targeted ‘register to vote’ postcards through letterboxes throughout the city.
Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions about the services the city council provides. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, public safety, social care and waste management.
This year there are 152 candidates standing in the Liverpool local elections, contesting seats in all 30 of the city council’s wards. The count will take place at Liverpool Tennis Centre at Wavertree Sports Park on Wellington Road.
Liverpool City Council Returning Officer and Chief Executive Tony Reeves said: “We are delighted that so many more people have heeded the call and registered to vote.
“The local elections are a chance for everyone to have their say on the issues that affect their lives, their communities and their city. It is really important that as many people as possible use their democratic right and vote in the local elections.”