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When you need to think about voting; IN BRIEF.

IF you're wondering why Google and Facebook are reminding people to register to vote, don't worry. If you live in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington or Redcar - there's plenty of time.

There are various ways councils are elected.

The different systems mean that while some local authorities are gearing up for elections in May, others will not be voting again until next year.

Hartlepool Council, for example, is one of the UK's unitary authorities that elects one third of its councillors every year.

After three years of this, there's a gap year to allow the first set of councillors to finish their four-year term before the cycle starts again.

So in Hartlepool, elections for one third of the authority's councillors will take place on May 3 this year. The councils in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, and Redcar and Cleveland are different.

They are among the UK's 30 unitary authorities that hold whole council elections every fourth year. The next elections take place in 2019. In these authorities, all councillors will serve a four-year term before the next elections.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Apr 23, 2018
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