Now’s the Time to Request your Postal or Proxy Vote
by Colne Life magazine
You can still vote in May’s elections even if you can’t make it to a polling station on election day.
If you’re unable to vote in person, now’s the time to request your postal or proxy vote.
Having a postal vote, or sending someone else to the polling station as a proxy to vote on your behalf, means you can still have your say in elections.
Gillian Turpin, Pendle Council’s Elections Manager, said:
“If you would like to vote by post or by proxy this year, you will need to send in an application form in the next few weeks.
“The deadline for postal voting applications is 5pm on Tuesday 21 April.
“And for proxy voting applications it’s 5pm on Tuesday 28 April.”
Application forms to appoint a proxy or to request a postal vote are available to download from the Pendle Council website www.pendle.gov.uk. They can also be requested from our Elections Office at Nelson Town Hall – call (01282) 661662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The elections on Thursday 7 May are for the UK Parliament, Pendle Borough Council and Town & Parish Councils across Pendle.
This gives Pendle residents the opportunity to elect the borough’s Member of Parliament for the next five years.
There are elections in 17 Borough Council wards due to 16 councillors being up for re-election this year plus two vacancies. There are no borough elections in Marsden, Walverden and Whitefield wards.
There will also be a number of town and parish council elections.
Pendle residents have until Monday 20 April to get on the Register of Electors, to be eligible to vote in May’s elections.
Our Elections Office can check if you are on the electoral register and therefore able to vote.
You can also check the register yourself in the Council’s contact centre, Contact Pendle, in Number One Market Street, Nelson as well as in Barnoldswick Council Shop.
You can also view it at Nelson, Colne and Barnoldswick libraries.
If you’re not already on the register, registering to vote is easy and can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Alternatively, residents can call Pendle Council’s elections team on (01282) 661919 or 661662 for help.