Cheshire East Council is urging people to act before the looming deadline if they want a postal vote in the May local elections.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this time.
Cheshire East Council’s acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer, who is the Returning Officer for the local elections in the borough, said: “I would urge every registered voter who wishes to have a postal vote in the local elections on 2 May to apply as soon as possible – and not leave it until the very last minute.
“It is really important for the health and vitality of our democracy that people, who are eligible, exercise their right to vote and have their say. But people can only do this via a postal vote if they don’t miss the deadline to apply.
“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice – so I would urge everyone, who is eligible, to vote and be heard.”
People who opt for a postal vote are advised to follow the instructions enclosed in their postal vote pack carefully. For a postal vote to be valid, electors must return both the ballot paper and the correctly completed postal voting statement.
Postal voters need to complete the postal voting statement accurately with their date of birth and signature.
People should note that the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this deadline.
Anyone looking for more information about voting should visit the website: www.yourvotematters.co.uk
On polling day, Thursday 2 May, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.
Information about voting at this election is available at: www.yourvotematters.co.uk