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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Apply now for a postal or proxy vote for the 2017 Lancashire County Council elections

Voters all over West Lancashire will go to the polls on Thursday 4 May 2017 for the Lancashire County Council elections. But you can vote in the elections even if you can’t get to your polling station on that day.

If you don’t think you will be able to go to your polling station then you can apply for a postal vote. Alternatively you can apply for a proxy vote, where someone you nominate can go to your polling station to cast your vote on your behalf.

Kim Webber, Deputy Returning Officer for West Lancashire, said: “You don’t need to be away or be housebound to apply for a postal or a proxy vote. Contact the Borough Council as soon as you can and make sure you can vote in these elections. Anyone who wants to vote in this year’s election, either by post, proxy or going to the polling station, must be on the Electoral Register.”

To assist people the detail of the applications process is as follows.

Register to Vote

Residents can check whether they’re registered to vote by calling the elections office on 01695 585014. You can fill in an online registration by visiting Register to vote (external link) or Register to vote. For more information please email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet please ask the elections office for a paper registration form to be sent to you. The closing date to register to vote at the May elections is Thursday 13 April 2017.

Postal or Proxy Votes

To apply for a postal or proxy vote form please call the Elections Office on 01695 585014, email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk or download an application form from How to vote. Or call in to: The Council Offices, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF. Your completed application form for a postal vote must reach the Council by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017, and completed application forms for a proxy vote must arrive by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Emergency Proxy Votes

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at these elections can be applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Tuesday 25 April, or for work/service reasons, and must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday 4 May 2017.

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