Don't miss postal and proxy vote deadlines

If you want to apply to vote by post, or by proxy  at the forthcoming Parliamentary General Elections on Thursday June 8, the deadline to submit an application form is  looming.

If you are not already a postal or proxy voter and would like to give it a try, there are statutory deadlines which you need to adhere to.  For a postal vote you will need to complete and return your  application form by 5pm Tuesday 23 May. For a proxy vote  (where you get someone to vote on your behalf)   this deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.

You can download these application forms from the website:, or  alternately you can contact the council’s electoral service team to request  an   application form by :
Choosing to vote by post or by proxy  saves a trip to the polling station so can be  particularly helpful for the elderly and infirm, those  living  in a remote rural area and for those who may be working, or away on polling day.

Voters should be aware that if they are  going to be away in the run up to the election, that  postal votes will be released in two phases. If your postal vote application was received and processed on, or before,  April 28,  your ballot pack will be released from Royal Mail on 22 May 2017 and you will receive it a couple of days later. If your application for a postal vote is  processed between April 28 and May 23, your postal ballot pack will be  released from Royal Mail on 30 May 2017 and you will receive it a  couple of days after this date.  If you are going to be away and will not receive your postal vote in time, please contact the council’s elections team to apply for a proxy vote application.
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