Voters in 18 West Lancashire Wards and 6 Parish areas will go to the polls on Thursday 3 May for the 2018 local elections. More information can be found by visiting www.westlancs.gov.uk/elections2018.
You can vote in the elections even if you can’t get to your polling station on that day.
If you don’t think you will be able to go to your polling station then you can apply for a postal vote. Alternatively you can apply for a proxy vote, where someone you nominate can go to your polling station to cast your vote on your behalf.
Kim Webber, Returning Officer for West Lancashire, said: “There are many reasons to choose to use this process, you don’t need to be away or be housebound to apply for a postal or a proxy vote. Contact the Borough Council as soon as you can and make sure you can vote in these elections. Anyone who wants to vote in this year’s elections, either by post, proxy or going to the polling station, must be on the Electoral Register.”
To assist people, the detail of the applications process is as follows.
Register to Vote
If you receive a Poll Card for this election, you are already registered to vote and do not need to do anything else. However, residents can check whether they’re registered to vote by calling the elections office on 01695 585014. You can fill in an online registration by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or www.westlancs.gov.uk/registertovote. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have access to the internet please ask the elections office for a paper registration form to be sent to you. The closing date to register to vote at the May elections is Tuesday 17 April 2018.
Postal or Proxy Votes
To apply for a postal or proxy vote form please call the Elections Office on 01695 585014, email email@example.com or download an application form from www.westlancs.gov.uk/howtovote. Or call in to: The Council Offices, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF. Your completed application form for a postal vote must reach the Council by 5pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018, and completed application forms for a proxy vote must arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
Emergency Proxy Votes
Applications to vote by emergency proxy at these elections can be applied for only on the grounds of a medical emergency or for occupation, service or employment reasons, where the reason occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018. Completed applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5pm on Thursday 3 May 2018.