RESIDENTS across the Dorset Council area are being urged to register to vote before the April 19 deadline.

On May 6, residents across the council area will have their say in the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner elections, some town and parish council by-elections and some neighbourhood plan referendums.

One of the by-elections is for the Swanage North Ward of Swanage Town Council.

Jonathan Mair, Dorset Council’s corporate director for legal and democratic services, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections.

"They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Dorset.

"If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote."

Meanwhile, Ailsa Irvine, director of electoral administration and guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.

“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action.

"If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on 01305 838299."