Only four weeks to register if you want your opinion to be counted
PEOPLE in Bristol have only four weeks left to register to vote in the mayoral and police commissioner elections on November 15.
Anyone who wants to vote must be registered on the electoral roll. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 31.
Anyone who wants to register can download a form from the city council's website at www.bristol.gov.uk/ vote or call 922 3400.
The elections will see a seismic shift in the way in which the city and police force is run.
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The elected mayor will not only be responsible for running the council but bringing all the disparate strands of the city together and be a champion for Bristol on the national and international stage.
There are nearly 320,000 people in Bristol who are eligible to vote. A total of 93 per cent of households are registered for voting.
The council will be launching a campaign during the run-up to the deadline to register.
It will also be sending out a leaflet with details of the candidates taking part in the mayoral election.
The Electoral Commission, Britain's election watchdog, will be distributing its own booklet to every household with information about the police commissioner elections.
Samantha Mills, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: "These are new elections, taking place at an unfamiliar time of year and using a voting system that has not been widely used before. Our booklet will come through your letterbox at the end of October. It has all the information you need to cast your vote with confidence."
In both elections, voters will be able to mark a first and second choice.
The count will be held on Friday, November 16 and the results are expected to be announced sometime during the late afternoon.