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Don’t miss your chance to vote in local elections

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2018

Burnley Councilis urging voters in the boroughto be ready to have their say in the local elections on 3rd May.

A number of important deadlines are approaching.

People who are not registered to vote have until Tuesday 17th April to register – you can do this by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-voteor by calling the borough’s election team on 01282 477261.

To be able to vote you must be on the electoral roll.

“The deadline to register is fast approaching so if you’re not already registered, don’t delay,” said Alison Stirling, the council’s elections officer. “It only takes a few minutes.

“If you want to have your say on who represents you, anyone aged 18 or over should make sure they’re on the electoral register and, if they’re not, apply to register as soon as possible. If you’re not registered, then you can’t vote.

While people are encouraged to turn up to their polling station in person to cast their vote, there are other ways of voting for your local councillor.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm Wednesday 18th April; the deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm Wednesday April 25th.

To apply for a postal or proxy vote, or for more information, contact the elections office on 01282 477261.

Mick Cartledge, returning officer for Burnley borough, said: “In most cases people go to their polling station to vote in person. However if you can’t get to vote in person there are other ways of voting.

“People don’t always realise that they can have their say in different ways, including by post or by asking someone you trust (a proxy) to cast your vote for you. So if you can’t get to a polling station on May 3rd, take a few minutes now to make sure your voice will still be heard.

“If you are applying for a postal vote please make sure you put your date of birth where asked, and not the date you sign the application. Unfortunately every year we have to reject a number of applications because the wrong date is put on the form.”

 

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