Who gets your vote in the local elections in May?

WHO will get your vote when Oldham goes to the polls on Thursday, May 6?

Residents who are registered to vote can have their say in the local borough elections and also the Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections.

For the local borough elections, one new councillor per ward will be elected from nominated candidates to represent the area on Oldham Council.

Residents can have their say for the ward in which they live. You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote.

On the same day will be the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election, also delayed from May 2020 because of the pandemic.

The election, which is being held for only the second time, will use a supplementary vote system in which voters express a first and a second preference for candidates.

The Mayor serves as the elected leader of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with power over investment from the government as well as authority over strategic housing planning, transport, adult education and skills, social care and others.

To have your say in any of the elections on May 6, you must be registered to vote.

There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf).

You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote if you wish to vote in person at your local polling station on May 6.

Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.

To vote by a postal vote or proxy vote, you had to register by the end of April.

For more information about the elections, visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/elections

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