On Thursday 3 May residents in Wyre Forest will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level.
Eleven seats on Wyre Forest District Council will be contested, one third of the total number. It’s the last time the district council will elect one third of councillors. In 2019 the council will move to “all-out” elections every four years.
Anyone who has not already registered to vote must do so by midnight on Tuesday 17 April 2018. 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 Wednesday 18 April 2018. For proxy votes it is 5.00pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
The polling stations for the by-elections will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 3 May 2018. 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 election will need to submit signed nomination papers by 4.00pm on Friday 6 April 2018. More information about becoming a councillor is available at www.beacouncillor.co.uk and nomination packs are available by contacting Electoral Services on 01562 732733 or visiting Wyre Forest House.
Ian Miller, Returning Officer, said: “These elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Wyre Forest. if you’re not registered by 17 April, you won’t be able to vote.”
Chris Hinde, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for the Midlands, said: “If you have turned 18, or if you have moved home recently, it’s particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”
If you were eligible to vote in last year’s general election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by giving us a call on 01562 732928.
The count will be held on Friday 4 May at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre.