Only a few days left to register to vote - don’t miss out!
With just only a few days to go before the 13 April registration deadline for the Gloucestershire County Council elections, the District Council is calling for anyone who isn’t yet registered to vote to do so before it’s too late.
You can register to vote at any time, but the deadlines for registration ahead of the County Council elections are:
Last date for Registration – Thursday 13 April 2017 by midnight
Last date for Postal Vote Applications – Tuesday 18 April 2017 by 5pm
Last date for Proxy Vote Applications – Tuesday 25 April 2017 by 5pm
Registering is easy and you can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote in just a few minutes. You will need your date of birth and national insurance number. Alternatively for those who would prefer you can still apply using a paper form which can be downloaded from the registration site or requested from the Elections Team on 01594 812692.
Claire Hughes, Deputy Returning Officer for the Forest of Dean district said: “Residents who have not yet received a poll card may not be registered and need to contact the District Council’s Elections Team immediately on 01594 812692.
“Registering to vote means that you can have your say on a whole range of issues that affect resident’s everyday lives and we don’t want people to miss out.
“If you are going to be away on 4 May or there is another reason why you won’t be able to make it to a polling station there’s still time to apply to vote by post or even appoint a proxy - a person you trust to vote on your behalf.
“Remember before you can apply for a postal vote or appoint a proxy you must be registered to vote. Residents can print off a postal or proxy form by visiting www.yourvotematters.co.uk or telephone 01594 812692 to request a form. All forms need to be dropped into our Coleford offices, faxed on 01594 812470 or sent by post as a signature is needed on them.
“We must receive your postal vote application by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. I would urge anyone wishing to apply for a postal vote to do so as soon as possible as the offices will be closed Friday 14 April until Tuesday 18 April for Easter.
“The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is 25 April.”
More information on the 4 May Gloucestershire County Council elections can be found on the Elections and voting page on the District Council’s website.