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Make sure you are registered to vote in the General Election

The Parliamentary General Election takes place on Thursday 8 June 2017 and voters all over the country will go to the polls. There is also a by-election to elect a West Lancashire Borough Councillor for the vacant seat in the Aughton Park ward.

Anyone who wants to vote in the parliamentary and Aughton Park ward elections must be on the Electoral Register.

If you don’t think you will be able to go to a polling station on 8 June then you can apply for a postal vote, or a proxy vote, where someone you nominate can go to the polling station to register your vote on your behalf.

If you have received a poll card for the LCC elections on Thursday 4 May, then you are already registered to vote and do not need to register again in order to vote on 8 June.

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 elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet please ask the elections office for a paper registration form. The closing date to register to vote in these elections is Monday 22 May 2017.

Kim Webber, Electoral Registration Officer for West Lancashire, said: “You cannot vote in the elections on 8 June if you aren’t registered. The closing date to register is Monday 22nd May 2017.  If in doubt please contact the Council to make sure you are on the Register. If you are not then it only takes a few minutes to do it online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

“Please also remember that you can apply for a postal or proxy vote if you can’t make it to the polling station on the day. Contact the Council as soon as you can to apply to make sure you can vote in the elections.”

To apply for a postal or proxy vote form please call the Elections Office on 01695 585014, email electionsoffice@westlancs.gov.uk  or download an application form by visiting 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 Tuesday 23 May 2017, and completed application forms for a proxy vote must arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF by 5 pm on Thursday 8 June.

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