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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Apply now for a postal or proxy vote for elections in 2016

Local Elections take place in some West Lancashire Council wards on Thursday 5 May 2016. On the same date voters all over the borough will also go to the polls for the Police and Crime Commissioner election. You can vote in the elections even if you can’t get to a polling station that day.

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

Kim Webber, 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 Council as soon as you can to apply to make sure you can vote in the elections. Anyone who wants to vote in this year’s elections, 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. The closing date to register to vote at the May elections is Monday 18 April 2016.

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 elections.  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, 19 April 2016, and completed application forms for a proxy vote must arrive by 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

Emergency Proxy Votes

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at these elections applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Tuesday, 26 April 2015 or for work/service reasons, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday 5 May 2016.


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