VOTERS have until Monday to get on the electoral register in time for May’s general and local elections.

The new individual registration systems means everyone must register themselves ahead of the polls. Figures show that in December York had seen one of the country’s sharpest declines in the number of people registered.

At the end of 2014, the ONS found that York had a total of 146,322 registered voters – 6.7 percent less than the previous year.

The drop was more dramatic in York Central – where 10.8 percent fewer names were on the register.

Council officials confirmed that 153,869 people had registered to vote in York – still around 3,000 fewer than in December 2013.

Register to vote online at You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth.

For more information, contact 01904 551007.

In Selby, voters can register by phone on 01757 705101. In Ryedale help is available on 01653 600666 and in Hambleton on 01609 779977.