Thursday 4 May 2017 will see three by-elections in Stourport-on-Severn – the same day as the Worcestershire County Council elections.
A by-election will be held for the Mitton ward of Wyre Forest District Council, and for the Stour & Wilden ward of Stourport-on-Severn Town Council, following the resignation of Councillor Sara Fearn.
A by-election for the Areley Kings West ward of the Town Council is being held following the death of Councillor Maureen Mason earlier this year. She had been a long standing member of Stourport Town Council.
If any resident living in Mitton, Areley Kings West or Stour & Wilden wards is uncertain about whether they are registered to vote, they can check if their name is on the Register of Electors by calling the Elections Team on 01562 732762.
For anyone who has not already registered, the deadline for registering to vote is midnight on Thursday 13 April 2017. It is quick and easy to do online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Anyone without access to the internet can get a paper copy of the registration form from the Worcestershire Hub at the Town Hall in Kidderminster.
Voters can also vote by post or proxy. Anyone can apply for a postal vote which allows voters much greater flexibility about when they complete their ballot paper. Anyone not already registered for a postal or proxy vote will need to complete an application form, which is available from www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/voting. The deadline for new postal voting requests is 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017. For proxy votes it is 5.00pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.
The polling stations for the by-elections will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 4 May 2017. All registered electors will be sent a polling card which will tell them where they can cast their vote.
Anyone interested in standing in the by-elections is invited to attend a briefing session at 10am on Monday 20 March at Wyre Forest House. They will need to submit signed nomination papers by 4.00pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017.
Ian Miller, Returning Officer said:
“We know people living in Stourport are passionate about their community and I would encourage anyone who is interesting in representing these parts of the town to come along to the briefing session. We’ll explain what they can expect from the role and how they will be able to give a voice to local people.”
More information about becoming a councillor is also available at www.beacouncillor.co.uk.
The count will be held on Friday 5 May at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre.