ELECTIONS: Postal votes

Residents of Cambridgeshire who will be away for the County Council elections on May 2 but still wish to vote can vote by post.

All 69 seats on Cambridgeshire County Council are up for election on May 2, and anyone who cannot vote in person on the day can apply for a postal vote. But all applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is on the electoral register can apply for a postal vote. You do not need a reason to vote by post.

A postal vote can be sent to your home address or to any other address that you give. Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you need to consider whether there will be enough time to receive and return your ballot paper by election day – Thursday 2 May.

Postal votes are usually sent out about a week before election day. Once it has been received, mark your vote on the ballot paper and make sure you send it back so that it arrives by close of poll (10pm on May 2). If it arrives later than this your vote won’t be counted.

Further details and a postal vote application form can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ydxghx6 Completed forms should be sent to your local electoral registration office.

County Returning Officer Wilma Wilkie said: “It is vitally important that everyone who is eligible to vote in the County Council elections exercises that right. It doesn’t matter if you are away on May 2 – you can vote by post. Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. But anyone who wants to vote by post must submit their application by 5pm on 17 April.”