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Register to vote in time for May’s local elections

On Thursday 6 May residents in Wyre Forest will go to the polls to have their say in local elections.

There will be elections for Kidderminster Town Council, Worcestershire County Council and West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and also a by-election for one seat on Bewdley Town Council.

Anyone who has not already registered to vote must do so by midnight on Monday 19 April.  It is quick and easy to do online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.  For proxy votes it is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. 

The polling stations for the election will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 6 May. All registered electors will be sent a polling card which will tell them where they can cast their vote.

Anyone voting in person must wear a face mask as it is a legal requirement, unless they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness or impairment or disability.

Ian Miller, Electoral Registration Officer, 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 May’s elections.”

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