Electors in Stourport-on-Severn will go to the polls on Thursday 17 December 2015. A by-election is being held to fill a vacancy within the Stourport-on-Severn Division of Worcestershire County Council.
It comes after the death of Councillor Jim Parish, who had been a County Councillor for the past six years.
All households have been canvassed in recent months to confirm that eligible people are registered to vote. However residents in Stourport can check if their name is on the Register of Electors by calling the Elections Team on 01562 732733.
For anyone who has not already registered, the deadline for registering to vote is midnight on Tuesday 1 December 2015. It is quick and easy to do online. 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.
Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 17 December and details of the polling stations will be printed on the poll cards. There is one change from the polling stations used in May. Because Areley Kings Village Hall is not available, temporary alternative arrangements have been made for this election and electors in Areley Kings will vote at St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School and Nursery, Princess Way, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 0EL.
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 online. The deadline for new postal voting requests is 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 December 2015. For proxy votes it is 5.00pm on Wednesday 9 December 2015.
Any resident wishing to stand in the election needs to complete and submit signed nomination papers by 4.00pm on Friday 20 November 2015. More information about being a Councillor is available here.
Ian Miller, Deputy Returning Officer said:
“We know this by-election comes at a time when everyone is busy in the run up to Christmas, but it is important that people in the Stourport Division use their vote. We would urge them to make sure they are on Electoral Register as soon as possible. We would also suggest that people request a postal vote, if they would prefer the convenience of completing their ballot paper at home or don’t think they will be able to get to the polling station on Thursday 17 December. Anyone can apply to vote by post.”