Register NOW to vote in May’s elections

Published April 12, 2017 at 12:34

Anyone who wants to vote in the local county council elections is urged to register by today’s deadline (April 13).

The elections take place on Thursday 4 May and only people who are registered to vote can take part.

Candidates chosen by voters in the County Council elections will make decisions on the future provision of local services delivered by Lancashire County Council.

A full list of those standing in Rossendale South, Mid Rossendale, Rossendale East and West and Whitworth and Bacup is available here  And information about candidates standing in other parts of Lancashire is here

Applying to vote only takes a few minutes and you can do it online here  You’ll just need your National Insurance number, date of birth and address.  Once you are registered you can vote In person, by post or by proxy (someone you trust voting on your behalf).

Who can vote?
You can vote in these elections if you are registered to vote in the UK and will be 18 or over on 4 May 2017 and you are:

  • A British or Irish citizen, or
  • a citizen of another European Union country Here is a full list of European Union  countries, Commonwealth countries, British Overseas Territories and British Crown
    Dependencies), or
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK.

British citizens living overseas can’t vote in these elections.

How do I vote?

  • In person: you’ll receive a poll card telling you where to vote. You don’t need this to vote, and if you lose it, you can contact your local council to find out where your polling station is.
  • By post: if you would like to vote by post, you must already be registered to vote, or have applied to register to vote by Thursday, April 13. Your application to vote by post must arrive no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 18 – visit here to download the postal vote application form.
  • By proxy(someone you trust votes on your behalf): You must already be registered to vote or have applied to register by tomorrow (April 13) to apply for a proxy vote. Submit your application in time to arrive no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 25 – visit here to download the postal vote application form. Both you and your proxy must be registered to vote.

Do I need to register?
If you’re not already registered, you need to apply to register to vote before the deadline tomorrow (13 April).
You should also register to vote every time you move house.
If you are not sure whether you’re registered to vote, you should contact your local  electoral registration office.
To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode at .


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