Make sure you’re ready to vote!
With the Gloucestershire County Council elections only weeks away, residents are urged to make sure they’re ready to vote on 4 May.
Nearly 67,000 polling cards will be sent out this week and the council is keen to ensure that anyone entitled to vote does not miss out.
If you do not receive your poll card by Friday 31 March, please contact the Elections Team on 01594 812692 as you may not be registered to vote.
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
Last date for Postal Vote Applications – Tuesday 18 April 2017 by 5pm
Last date for Proxy Vote Applications – Tuesday 25 April 2017 by 5pm
Candidate nominations will run from 27 March until 4 April and the names of the candidates will be available from Wednesday 5 April.
Claire Hughes, Deputy Returning Officer for the Forest of Dean district said: “Election day is fast approaching, so it’s important that residents are ready to cast their vote.
“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 from Friday 14 April until Monday 17 April for Easter.
“The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is 25 April.”
More information on the County Council elections is available by visiting the Elections & voting page on the Council’s website.