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Almost 11,500 people in the Wyre Forest District have registered to vote by post in the elections on Thursday 5 May.

Wyre Forest District Council has announced there are 74,765 people on the Electoral Register who are eligible to vote in the elections in May.  This represents a reduction of 3,732 or 4.75% compared to the number registered to vote in the elections in May 2015. This is because there was a general election in 2015 and more people were eligible to vote in that, for example people living overseas.  The drop is also  as a result of the introduction of individual electoral registration and the removal of out of date registrations.

Almost 11,500 electors or 15.4% have requested a postal vote.  This is up significantly, by very nearly a thousand electors compared to the number who registered to vote by post in 2015.

Ian Miller, Returning Officer said:

“We have almost 75,000 people on the Electoral Register who are eligible to take part in the local government and police and crime commissioner elections and I would urge everyone who’s registered to use their vote.  It is really important for people to have their say. Anyone who has opted to vote by post should return their ballot papers in good time to arrive on or before Thursday 5 May.  If they forget to post the pack, they can still return it to a polling station in their ward on election day.  We’re also asking people who are voting in person to check their poll card carefully to make sure they go to their allocated polling station. “

He added:

"It is now too late for people to register to vote in Wyre Forest at the elections on 5 May or to register for a postal vote for those elections.  There is still time to apply for a proxy vote.  This allows you to nominate someone else to attend the polling station and cast your vote.  Applications need to be made by 5pm on Tuesday 26 April.  There is more information about applying for a proxy vote on our website, ”

The count for the District Council, Kidderminster Town Council and Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia elections will start on the morning of Friday 6 May.  The results will be uploaded to the Council’s website – and posted on Facebook and Twitter as they are declared.

More information about the elections is available on the Council’s website.

Wyre Forest District Council