MANY Cambridge voters have chosen to vote by post for this year’s local elections on 6 May, and Cambridge City Council is urging people to follow the steps involved carefully, including signing two forms as required, to ensure their vote is counted.
Most postal votes have already been issued, and residents choosing to vote in this way are receiving two voting packs – one for the city council and county council elections, and another for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Combined Authority Mayor elections.
Postal voters are being asked to ensure they:
- Provide their signature and date of birth on both statements in the packs;
- Return the correct ballot papers with the corresponding statements;
- Return the statements and ballot papers in the two separate envelopes provided.
The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April, and postal votes must be received by the Returning Officer by 10pm on polling day, Thursday 6 May.
Postal votes can be cancelled by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April, but electors will need to do this in writing with the voter’s signature. Scanned cancellation notifications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as being posted, votes can be handed into any polling station in the city ward in which residents live, or can be put in the letterbox on the Peas Hill side of the Guildhall.
Anyone making an application for a postal vote after 1 April will be sent their two packs on 23 April.
Andrew Grant, Returning Officer for the local elections, said: “Many more people are choosing to vote by post this year and we welcome this, but would encourage everyone doing so to take their time, read the instructions carefully, and in particular to ensure they provide signatures and date of birth on both documents in their voting packs.
“With four elections taking place on 6 May, including the chance to elect three city councillors in each Cambridge ward, the process of voting by post may be a little more complicated than in some years. But by following the clearly set-out steps provided in their voting packs, people can ensure that they can cast their vote for their chosen candidates, and that their vote will be counted in the normal way.”
Elections taking place in Cambridge on 6 May are to elect councillors to all 42 seats on Cambridge City Council, to the Cambridge divisions of Cambridgeshire County Council and to elect a Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and a Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.
Residents wishing to vote at these elections must be registered by 11.59pm on Monday 19 April and can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote