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Postal and proxy voters in being contacted

Posted: 13/01/2007 14:17:25

Any Christchurch resident whose usual method of voting is by post or by proxy will soon be receiving a letter from Christchurch Council asking for their signature and date of birth.

New rules have been introduced nationally which are designed to increase the safety and security of proxy and postal votes. Voters will have six weeks to respond to the Council to ensure they can vote by post or proxy as normal.

If the form is not returned, voters will still be able to use a polling station at the next elections in May or they will need to reapply for a postal or proxy vote before the 18th April, when they will again be asked to provide their signature and date of birth.

Electors who usually vote at a polling station will not be contacted or required to provide any new details. Anyone who has not previously voted by post or proxy but plans to in May should contact the Electoral Registration Office at the Civic Offices to request a form. These forms need to be returned to the Council no later than the 18th April.

Elections Manager Peter Jones said: "Everyone who has previously requested a postal or proxy vote should look out for a letter from the Council requesting new details. The form is very straightforward, and you will simply need to sign it, add your date of birth, and then return it to the Council in the pre-paid envelope provided. By doing this, you'll be able to vote in your preferred way at all future elections including the Council Elections on 3 May."

For any questions relating to voting or the elections, contact the Electoral Registration helpline on 01202 495139.


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