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Electors urged to use their vote

News release issued:

Registered electors are being encouraged to use their vote and take part in the UK Parliamentary general local election being held this Thursday (4 July).

The polling stations are open from 7am till 10pm on election day, and voters are reminded they must use the polling station named on their polling card.

Anyone voting in a polling station must take a valid photo ID.  Various forms of photo ID are accepted, including a driving licence, passport, Older Person’s Bus Pass, a blue badge or Disabled Person’s Bus Pass.  Details of what photo ID will be accepted are available on the council’s website. Voters are asked to have their ID ready to show polling station staff.

So far 70% of postal votes have been returned. Postal votes need to be received by the council by 10 pm on Thursday 4 July.  If it arrives later than this, it won’t be counted.

People who are registered to vote by post can't vote in person at a polling station. If it is too late for you to send a completed postal vote, the completed pack, sealed in the return envelope, you can take it to your local polling station by 10pm on Thursday 4 July.  You will also be required to fill in a declaration form if you hand in your postal voting pack at a polling station.

Ian Miller, Acting Returning Officer for Wyre Forest said:

“This will be the first time that photo ID is required to vote in a general election. We are reminding people about the sorts of ID which will be accepted and also asking them to have it ready to show to our polling station staff. We have also been encouraging postal voters to send their ballot packs back in a red Royal Mail post box as soon as possible. By posting it they will avoid having to complete a declaration form at the polling station.”

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