Make sure you’re ready to vote in the Parliamentary elections

With the Parliamentary elections only weeks away, residents are urged to make sure they’re ready to vote on 8 June.

Nearly 70,000 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 Monday 15 May, 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 deadline for registration ahead of the Parliamentary elections is midnight, Monday 22 May 2017.

Candidate nominations will close at 4pm on Thursday 11 May and the names of the candidates will be available from 5pm on Thursday 11 May.

Claire Hughes, Acting 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 8 June 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 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 23 May and the deadline to apply to vote by proxy is Wednesday 31 May by 5pm.” 


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