26th Jul, 2017

Malvern residents urged to check they can vote ahead of county council elections

Craig Gibbons 15th Mar, 2017

RESIDENTS in the Malvern Hills area are being reminded to ensure they are registered to vote ahead of the Worcestershire County Council elections later this year.

Anybody who wants to vote in the forthcoming county council elections on Thursday, May 4 must be on the Register of Electors.

The electoral register is maintained and published by Malvern Hills District Council.

Anyone who did not receive one should contact the electoral services on 01684 862151 or emailelections@malvernhills.gov.uk.

Alternatively residents can visit the national vote registration website at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Simon Mallinson, returning officer for Worcestershire County Council, said: “The County Council elections take place every four years and all our 57 seats are due to be contested on Thursday, May 4.

“This means residents have the opportunity to choose who they want to represent them as their local County Councillor.

“However, you can only have your say if you are registered to vote.

“The last date for registration is Thursday, April 13.

“If you have not received a poll card by Wednesday, April 5, please contact the electoral services office at Malvern Hills District Council so that you don’t lose your right to vote.”

People who are already on the electoral register will receive a poll card before the election telling them where and when to vote.

 

Anybody who is unable to make it the local polling station can apply for a postal vote or to vote by proxy.

A postal vote means that residents receive a ballot paper by post before the election and return it the same way.

A proxy vote allows people to appoint another person to vote on their behalf, either at a polling station or by post.

Application forms for voting by post or by proxy are available from www.malvernhills.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For further information about the County Council elections, including how to become a County Councillor, go to www.worcestershire.gov.uk/elections.