The Parliamentary and local elections are now just over a month away, but some people will be unable to vote if they are not registered.

New Forest District Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Dave Yates, is reminding New Forest residents that if they are not on the electoral register they will be unable to vote, and also about the availability of postal voting.

He said: “It is important that New Forest residents are able to have their say on May 7. Anybody not already on the electoral register has until April 20 at the latest to register to ensure that they can vote. Registering is quick and simple – go to

“The process takes less than five minutes. You need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth, so have these to hand before you log on. Your vote matters!”

Anybody without internet access should contact NFDC’s Electoral Services Team on 023 8028 5445. They can assist with registering you online, or send you a paper registration form.

All electors may apply to vote by post, or may appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.

The deadline for applications for postal votes is 5pm on Tuesday April 21, and for proxy votes, it is 5pm on Tuesday April 28.

Further information is available on NFDC’s website – from the home page follow the link to Elections – 7 May 2015. Contact the council’s Electoral Services Team online at