Residents have been urged to register to vote and check their voter IDs ahead of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election.

North Somerset locals are being urged to utilise their democratic voice, which will help decide who oversees the Avon and Somerset Police Area.

Covering Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, Somerset Council, and South Gloucestershire Council, it's a pivotal role tasked with ensuring the local police force is prioritising resident needs.

Candidate information can be viewed at and further election details are available at

Local residents, however, must be on the electoral register to cast their vote.

As the deadline races towards its close at midnight on Tuesday, April 16, North Somerset Council implores residents unregistered at their current address to act fast to ensure their vote counts.

Registration is a quick online process at

North Somerset Times: North Somerset locals are being urged to utilise their democratic voice

For those preferring a postal vote, applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, April 17.

Residents lacking accepted photo IDs, but wishing to vote in person will need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

Applications for certificates must be received before 5pm on Wednesday, April 24.

Will Godfrey, police area returning officer for the Avon and Somerset Police Area, said: "These elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in North Somerset.

"If you’re not registered by 16 April, you won’t be able to vote.

"Voters will be required to take photo ID with them when they vote in person at the polling stations."

The council has emphasised the need for newly eligible voters and those recently moved homes to ensure they're registered.

Existing voters whose details haven't changed since the last election don't require to take action.

Individuals unsure of their status can verify their registration with the council’s election team on 01934 634 909.

Queries regarding voter IDs and requests for paper applications for Voter Authority Certificates should be directed to the same number or the electoral services at