VOTERS registered for a postal vote will be receiving their ballot packs from this weekend (Saturday 20 May).

There are more than 205,000 people on Sunderland’s Electoral Register and 85,000 are registered for a postal vote.

Anyone not yet registered to vote in June’s Parliamentary General Election has only days left before the deadline to register on Monday 22 May.

Sunderland’s Acting Returning Officer, Irene Lucas CBE said: “With only days to go, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the election on Thursday 8 June.

“The election is an opportunity to have your say on who represents the city in Parliament. But if you’re not registered, you won’t be able to vote.”

Anyone who has not yet registered to vote should contact the City Council’s Electoral Services team immediately on 0191 520 5550 or register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “Our research shows that nearly a third of people think that if you are old enough to vote then you are automatically registered, but in fact everyone must register themselves.

“Registering to vote is easy to do online and means that you can take part in this important election; so make sure you are registered to vote by the deadline.”