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Are you sure you're registered to vote?

Derbyshire goes to the ballot box on 4 May 2017 − and time is running out to make sure you're registered to vote.

Use your vote Derbyshire County Council elections Thursday 4 May 2017

All 64 Derbyshire County Council seats will be available as a new council is elected for the first time in four years.

If you're not registered to vote by midnight on Thursday 13 April 2017 you won't be able to cast your vote.

We've launched a campaign − Use Your Vote − to make sure residents have their say on who runs the council for the next four years, representing more than 782,000 people who live in the county.

One of the reasons people miss out on the chance to vote is that they assume they're registered when they're not.

This could be for a number of reasons including people who have moved home recently and assume they're automatically registered at the new address because they pay council tax. However, the two processes are completely separate and registering to pay council tax does not mean you're automatically on the electoral register.

You can register to vote on Your Vote Matters. If you're unsure which district you live in, you can check this by entering your postcode.

You can also get more information about voting and elections, with links to district and borough councils or by calling the Electoral Commission's information helpline tel: 0800 3 280 280.

If you don't want to, or are unable to, vote by visiting a polling station on the day, there are other options available − by post or voting by proxy.

You must be registered to vote and must apply for these options, which you can do by visiting Your Vote Matters or by contacting your district or borough council. The deadline for applications for postal voting is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017. After that date, it may still be possible to apply for a vote by proxy, and you should contact your district or borough council for more details.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 4 May 2017. If you're registered to vote you should receive a polling card through the post. The card will tell you where to vote.

If you're a registered voter, but don't receive a polling card, you will still be able to vote.

Votes will be counted on 5 May 2017. Results will be announced as soon as they're available throughout the day, with a full results service in our elections section.