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LOCAL ELECTIONS HOP TO IT Register to vote The local elections will be held on 3 May, and Ealing Council is reminding residents who have moved address in the last year or changed their details to make sure they are registered to vote. Rachael Coutinho reports. Y ou are not automatically registered to vote, even if you pay council tax. Unless you are registered, you cannot vote and you will miss a critical opportunity to have your say on what happens where you live and the services on offer in your community. Not being registered could also affect your credit rating. COUNCIL ELECTIONS There are 69 councillors serving on Ealing Council, with three councillors representing each of the borough’s 23 wards. When you vote on 3 May 2018, you will be able to choose up to three people to represent the ward you live in. Once the votes have been counted, the top three candidates for each ward will be elected to serve on the council. Ealing Council provides hundreds of services to local residents and businesses – everything from maintaining the roads to recycling, from schools to food hygiene inspections, and from sports centres to libraries. The council’s priorities, and budgets, are set by its councillors, and most big decisions are made by them. Your vote is the best way you can influence who those councillors are and the decisions they make on your behalf. HOW TO REGISTER Being registered to vote does not mean you have to vote, it just means you can. The deadline for you to register for the local elections is 17 April 2018. Even if you will not be around on 3 May 2018 to vote in person, you may still be able to vote if you register and apply for a postal vote. For more information on this option, see the ‘more info’ box on this page. MORE INFO n Contact the electoral services team 8.30am- 5pm (Monday-Friday) on 020 8825 7777 or email [email protected] n Visit elections2018 around ealing    February 2018 19