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Published 29 March 2017

West Dunbartonshire Council is encouraging residents to ensure they are registered to vote in the elections on May 4.

It will be the first time that the area’s 16 and 17 year olds have been able to vote for councillors to represent them on West Dunbartonshire Council– but to take part they must be on the electoral register.

Residents who are not registered won’t be able to vote so people are being encouraged to act now and protect their right.

Anyone who has moved home in the last couple of years or changed their name are among those who may no longer be on the register.

David Thomson, Electoral Registration Officer for Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute said: “We are keen to get as many young people as possible registered to vote. Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

The deadline to register to vote in the local government elections is April 17. Register online now at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or to register by post call 0141 562 1200 to request an application form.