Residents have been reminded to register to vote in time for the upcoming local elections.

The police and crime commissioner for West Mercia and Kidderminster Town Council elections are slated for Thursday, May 2, with residents yet to register having until Tuesday, April 16 to do so.

Voting registration can be completed at



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Electoral registration officer, Ian Miller, said: "If you have turned 18, or if you have moved home recently, it’s particularly important that you act to make sure that you are registered.

"It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in May’s elections."

On polling day, stations will run from 7am to 10pm.

The deadline for new postal voting requests is at 5pm on Wednesday, April 17, while proxy votes can be applied for until 5pm on Wednesday, April 24.

From this year, voters may only submit their postal vote, and a maximum of five others, at the polling stations.

Mr Miller added: "We are also encouraging anyone who votes by post to send their completed ballot papers back as soon as possible.

"By posting them in a red Royal Mail post box there is no need to sign a declaration form."