Residents of Bolton are preparing to mark their X on the ballot paper at the forthcoming local council elections on May 3.
But the deadline to register to vote, or apply for a postal vote, is approaching on April 18.
After 5pm on that date people won’t be able to exercise their democratic right to vote if they haven’t registered.
Postal vote applications must be posted to the Elections Office in the Town Hall or in the applications box at the One Stop Shop Reception in the Town Hall by this time and date.
Voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 3 and candidates will be fighting for 22 Bolton Council seats, as three seats will be up for election in Bradshaw Ward.
Postal ballot packs will be handed to Royal Mail on Friday, April 20, and issued by first class post.
Postal voters have up until 10pm on polling day to return them to the council, either by post or delivering them to the ballot box on the One Stop Shop Reception, Bolton Town hall or a polling station on the day of the election.
If anyone hasn’t received their postal vote papers by April 25, they should contact the council elections office direct on 01204 333843, 331248 or 338784.
No reason need be given as to why an elector requires a postal vote, but they can be useful for a variety of situations, including for those not in the area on the day of the election or for those unable to visit a polling station due to disability or illness.
Application for a postal vote must be made in writing and a form for applying can be found on the council's website.
Postal voters must be registered to vote so anyone planning to take part in the elections, and are not currently on the electoral register, have until April 18 to make arrangements.
Anyone who wants to have their name added to the register must fill in a voter registration form, also available on the council’s website and the council will then confirm when the name is added to the register.