Voters rush to register for local elections before tonight's deadline

There has been a last-minute rush in applications to register to vote in this year’s local elections, ahead of tonight’s deadline.

Nearly 60,000 applications were made on Saturday and 53,000 on Sunday — in both cases, more than four times the daily average for the year. A further 76,000 applications were made yesterday. People have until 11.59pm today to apply to vote in the elections on May 3.

About 4,400 council seats will be up for grabs on polling day, in what will be the first big test for political parties at the ballot box since the general election in June last year. Contests are being held in 150 local authorities, including every council in London.

Polls are also taking place to elect mayors in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets, the borough of Watford, and in the newly created Sheffield City Region.

  • Applications to register can be submitted online at

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