Monday, February 15, 2021

Apply now for a postal vote, and have your voice heard

A number of important local elections are taking place on 6 May 2021 and registering for a postal vote is quick and easy if you prefer not to attend a polling station.

The elections will decide who represents you on West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and on some parish councils. You can also vote on a Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey, Electoral Registration Officer for West Lancashire, said: "Applying for a postal vote only takes a few minutes so if you would feel safer or more comfortable voting by post then please apply as soon as you can.

"It's important that everyone has their voice heard in our local elections, so if you would like to cast your vote by post, please register soon."  

If you wish to vote by post, you can apply for a postal vote by emailing elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk, downloading an application form from www.westlancs.gov.uk/howtovote or calling the Elections Office on 01695 585014. Your completed application form must reach the Council by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

If you would prefer to vote in person, and coronavirus guidelines and social distancing are still in place in May, we will ensure polling stations are as safe as possible for you to cast your vote.

If you have recently moved house you will need to register at your new address by filling in an online registration form at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or www.westlancs.gov.uk/registertovote. For more information please email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk. You can check if you are registered to vote by calling the elections office on 01695 585014.  

Young people who will turn 18 in time to vote in these elections will also need to register to have their say.

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 midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.