Poll cards have started to arrive at voter households across South Somerset for all those who are currently eligible to vote at the upcoming local District, Town and Parish Council elections on Thursday 2 May.
Your poll card gives you all the information you need, including the day and time of the election and where your polling station is. It also gives details of how you can make arrangements for a postal or proxy vote.
Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a postal vote, whatever their reason, so long as they submit an application form to the Electoral Registration Office (The Returning Officer, South Somerset District Council, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT) before 5pm on Monday, 15 April. The deadline for a proxy vote application is 5pm on Wednesday, 24 April.
Postal vote packs will be sent out from Wednesday 17 April to those residents who have applied to vote by post.
Poll cards have been sent to voters who have registered to vote before Sunday 10 March only. If you register after this date, you will still receive a poll card, but not until closer to the election.
If you believe you are registered to vote but don’t receive your polling card in the coming days, you should check that you are actually on the Electoral Register by contacting the local Electoral Registration Office on 01935 462462.
Alex Parmley, Electoral Registration Officer for South Somerset District Council said, “We are able to provide a convenient way for anyone to place their vote whether it be postal, proxy (someone who votes on your behalf) or, indeed, by coming along to your nearest polling station. The council aims to provide as much assistance as possible to the people of South Somerset to enable everyone to cast their vote. Polling Station staff are there to assist you if you need help.
“If you don’t receive your polling card or have any queries about how to vote, then please contact the Electoral Registration Office.”
In order to vote at the local elections on Thursday 2 May, you must be registered by midnight on Friday 12 April. You can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.