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Electors in the Blakebrook & Habberley South ward of Kidderminster will go to the polls on Thursday 1 September 2016. 

A by-election is being held to fill a vacancy on Kidderminster Town Council as a result of a candidate elected in May not taking up his seat.

Anyone who was registered to vote in the elections in May or the EU referendum on 23 June and who is eligible to vote in local elections, will not need to register again.

The deadline for anyone in the ward who has not already registered to vote is midnight on Monday 15 August 2016. 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. Residents in Blakebrook & Habberley Ward can check if their name is on the Register of Electors by calling the Elections Team on 01562 732733.

Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 1 September 2016, and details of the polling stations will be printed on the poll cards.

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 16 August.  For proxy votes it is 5.00pm on Tuesday 23 August.

Any person wishing to stand in the election needs to complete and submit signed nomination papers by 4.00pm on Thursday 4 August 2016.  More information about being a Councillor is available from www.beacouncillor.co.uk

Ian Miller, Returning Officer said:

“It is important that people in the Blakebrook & Habberley South ward use their vote.  If anyone was not registered for the elections in May and the EU referendum last month and who is eligible to vote in local elections,  I would urge them to make sure they are on Electoral Register as soon as possible.

I 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 1 September. Anyone can apply to vote by post.”


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