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Friday, 1 April 2011

One day, three elections – have your say on Polling Day

 

Don’t miss out on having your say in three key elections this May – that’s the message from Cheshire East Council

Elections will be held on the same day, May 5, for Cheshire East Council, contested town and parish councils and the national referendum on the alternative vote system.

White poll cards and pink postal vote poll cards have been landing on the doormats of voters across Cheshire East this week. These cards give electors important information, including stating their local wards, polling station and voting times.

There will be separate ballot papers for each council election and the referendum.

Electors have one vote on whether or not they want the alternative vote system. For the local elections, mark a cross against the candidate or candidates you want to vote for. The ballot paper will indicate the maximum number of candidates you can vote for.

Your vote will not be invalid if you choose to vote for fewer than the maximum number.

This will be the first election using new electoral ward boundaries for wards in Cheshire East following a review by the Boundary Commission. This means there will be 82 councillors representing Cheshire East Council. 

The number of wards has changed from 27 to 52. Depending on electorate figures, some wards will have one councillor and some wards will have two or three councillors.

Cheshire East Council Chief Executive Erika Wenzel, who will be the Returning Officer at the elections, said: “I would urge all registered electors to vote, so they can have their say on important matters and issues that effect all out lives.” 

Don’t forget to ensure you are registered to vote before the deadline on Thursday, April 14, and apply now for a postal or proxy vote, if that is your preference.

To find out if you are registered to vote, or to request a postal vote, ring the Council’s electoral services team on 0300 123 5016 or email them at: customerservice3@cheshireeast.gov.uk

To request voter registration forms, visit the Council’s ‘Registering to Vote’ webpage at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/voting or print off the online forms from: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

For further information about the local elections and referendum vote, visit:

www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/elections

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