Deadline day to register to vote for Bristol Mayor
Bristolians hoping to vote in the mayoral election next month have until 5pm today to register.
The election, due to take place on November 15, will determine who becomes the city’s first directly elected mayor.
Anyone who filled in the annual canvass form sent out by the Council between July and September this year should still be registered, but those who have moved home since then will need to register again.
You can contact Bristol City Council on 0117 922 3400 to check if you are on the register.
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As the deadline is 5pm today, those hoping to register will have to hand in a ‘register to vote’ application form directly to Council House in College Green.
The Council advises people to either download the form here or pick one up and fill it out at Council House.
Today is also the application deadline for those looking to vote via post. The same advice applies to those looking to vote in this way.
The Council told This is Bristol people who have registered for a postal vote will receive the necessary paperwork between November 6 and 9.
The winning mayoral candidate will become the council’s political leader, tasked with overseeing the delivery of council services, controlling tax increment finance schemes, commissioning welfare services and generally setting out a strategic vision for Bristol.
Their job will be entirely different from that of the current Civic Mayor, whose role is strictly ceremonial. The Civic Mayor has no power whatsoever, but simply promotes good things about the city and attends events.
There are 15 candidates from across the political spectrum to choose from, as well as a number of independents.
In late October the Council will send every registered voter a booklet with information about the candidates. Every voter will receive a copy in the post, personally addressed to them - this is a legal requirement.
If you don't receive your copy by November 6, contact the Council on 0117 922 3400.
Alternatively, you can download a copy of the booklet here.
Bristolians can vote at a number of polling stations between 7am to 10pm on November 15. Your polling station will be printed on your poll card.
The count will take place on November 16, and the new elected Mayor for Bristol will take office on the 19th.