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Thursday, May 7th has been set as the day for the General Election and local elections.

For more information and the timetable up to and beyond polling day, please click here.

If you haven't registered your vote, you have up to 20th April to do so and you can do this easily online by clicking here.

Please do try to get out and vote if you're able, as you know, it's a privilege that's not accorded to the whole of the world.

In fact, in 1918, only men over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30 were able to vote and even that was a huge step forward brought about chiefly through the efforts of the women's suffrage movements working on behalf of both women and men. In 1928, the Representation of the People Act (Equal Franchise) gave all women over the age of 21 the right to vote and this ultimately led to our present day situation.

Since 1945, the turn out at General Elections has dropped steadily, yet in more recent elections, the trend has been upward. In spite of this, fewer than 70% of those of us who are able to vote do so.

Please don't let down all those who fought for universal suffrage; all it takes is a quick trip to the village hall or posting your vote if you can't make it in person.

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