ELECTIONS 2016: Deadline for requesting a postal vote

By on 12/04/2016 in Elections

With May’s elections fast approaching, people in Birmingham are reminded they have less than a week to register, to ensure their voice is heard at the polls.

Along with this, anyone who is registered to vote but is unable to get to their polling station on 5 May can request a postal or proxy vote.

The deadline for voter registration is Monday 18 April – anyone not registered by this date will be unable to vote on election day, meaning they cannot have a say in the democratic process.

If you are registered to vote but are unable to attend a polling station in person on 5 May, you can apply for a postal vote. Applications for postal votes must be made by 19 April 2016.

Alternatively, if are unable to vote in person but wish to nominate someone to do so for you, applications for a proxy vote can be made, which must be received by 26 April 2016.

In order to vote in these elections, you must ensure you have registered to vote by 18 April 2016.  More information about how to do so can be found at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote 

Robert Connelly, Head of Electoral Services at Birmingham City Council, said: “Anyone who is not registered will be unable to vote in the local or Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 5 May.

“I would urge anyone who has yet to register to vote to do so as soon as possible. It is both quick and simple, just visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and enter your details.

“People who have registered but cannot vote in person on 5 May still have a few days to apply for a postal or proxy vote in these elections.”

Further information about registering, voting and postal/proxy votes can be obtained by visiting www.birmingham.gov.uk/elections, via email to elections@birmingham.gov.uk or by calling 0121 303 2731.


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