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We are fast approaching 7 May – when voters across the country will have their say in the most important, and most unpredictable, general election in my lifetime.

If you live within Medway, you will also have the opportunity to vote for the councillors you wish to represent you for the next four years.

However, you will only be able to vote if you are registered – so it is important to ensure that you are eligible if you wish to have your say.

The bad news is that time is fast running out. You need to be on the register by Monday, 20 April in order to vote.

The good news is that you can register online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes about five minutes, and all you need to have to hand is your National Insurance number. You can also use the service to update the details currently held on the register.

If you are not able to get to your polling station on election day, then you can either vote by post or appoint a proxy to do so on your behalf. Applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 21 April and applications to appoint a proxy must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 28 April. Details on how to apply for each of these can be found on the Medway Council website (if you live within Medway).

There are now just four weeks to go until election day, but, whoever you wish to vote for, or if you haven’t yet made up your mind, you can only do so if you are registered.

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