Make your vote count during local council elections on 2 May

29 April 2019

Residents from across west Cheshire are encouraged to exercise their right to vote this Thursday, 2 May in borough, town and parish council elections. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.

Returning Officer Andrew Lewis said: “The services that borough, town and parish councils provide directly impact the lives of our residents every day. Your vote truly counts and we want to see as many voters as possible come out to their polling station this Thursday to have their say.”

As a result of a boundary review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, many wards and polling stations for the 2019 local council election have changed. Please check your poll card before setting off so you know where to go. 

Deadlines for local election registrations and postal and standard proxy vote applications have now passed. If you still haven’t received your poll card or postal ballot packs at your current address – the address you should be registered at – you must contact the council immediately at 0300 123 7045 or email elreg@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. Please also contact us immediately if you require a replacement postal ballot paper (spoiled or lost) or if you need to apply for an emergency proxy due to a medial reason. Visit the Electoral Commission to see what is required: yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy.

Residents who are voting by post should be aware of Royal Mail UK standard delivery deadlines. The prepaid postage on the envelope is classified as first class. If you are worried the Council will not receive your postal vote in time, you can drop off your postal vote now at council customer service centres at Wyvern House in Winsford, Ellesmere Port, and the Forum in Chester during office hours, or the HQ building in Chester until 10pm. You can also drop it off on election day at a poll station in your ward. 

Update on European Parliament elections on 23 May

European Parliament elections are currently scheduled to take place in the UK on 23 May. To be able to vote in these elections, you must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. You do not have to register again if you are registered at your current address for the local council election. 

Citizens of the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta or Cyprus, or qualifying Commonwealth citizens are eligible to register to vote at gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you’re a citizen of another EU country, you can either vote in the UK or in your home country, but you can’t vote twice. These EU citizens need to complete a UC1 form that will be sent by post or visit the yourvotematters website: yourvotematters.co.uk/how-am-i-represented/european-parliment.

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