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  • Don’t miss the vote!

    Henry James

    VOTERS in 18 West Lancashire wards and 10 parish areas are set to go to the polls on Thursday, May 2 for the 2019 local elections.

    And the borough council is reminding eligible residents that they can still vote in the elections even if they can’t get to the polling station on that day, by aplying for either a postal vote or a proxy vote, where someone they nominate can go to their polling station to cast a vote on their behalf.

    Kim Webber, returning officer for West Lancashire, said: “There are many reasons to choose to use this process and you don’t need to be away or be housebound to apply for a postal or a proxy vote.

    “But you should contact the council as soon as you can to make sure you can vote in these 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.”

    The detail of the applications process is as follows:

    n Register to Vote

    If people receive a poll card for this election, they are already registered to vote and do not need to do anything else. However, residents can check whether they’re registered to vote by calling the elections office on 01695 585014.

    People can fill in an online registration by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or www.westlancs.gov.uk/registertovote.

    For more information email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk.

    If people do not have access to the Internet, they can ask the elections office for a paper registration form to be sent to them.

    The closing date to register to vote at the May elections is midnight on Friday, April 12.

    n Postal or Proxy Votes

    To apply for a postal or proxy vote form call the elections office on 01695 585014; email elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk; download an application form from www.westlancs.gov.uk/howtovote; or call in to the council offices at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk.

    Completed application forms for a postal vote must reach the council by 5pm on Monday, April 15, and completed application forms for a proxy vote must arrive by 5pm on Wednesday, April 24.

    n Emergency Proxy Votes

    Applications to vote by emergency proxy at these elections can be applied for only on the grounds of a medical emergency or for occupation, service or employment reasons, where the reason occurred after 5pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

    Completed applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday May 2.

    More information about the forthcoming local electons can be found by visiting www.westlancs.gov.uk/may2019.

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