Poll cards are being sent this week to everyone in Christchurch and East Dorset who is entitled to vote at the upcoming elections on 7 May 2015. Due to changes in legislation last year there was no annual canvass so anyone who has moved or has not received a poll card by 5 April may not be registered.
People can still apply to register to vote for these elections up until 20 April 2015 by going online to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. A resident of Christchurch or East Dorset who does not have access to the internet can call the Elections Office on 01202 795078 to be sent a form. Please note that due to these legislative changes for registration people now also need to provide their date of birth and National Insurance Number when applying they should make sure they have this to hand.
Anyone unable to attend their polling station on 7 May for any reason, such as work, holiday etc, can apply for a postal or proxy vote.
The deadline for completed applications for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 21 April 2015.
The deadline for a completed proxy application, so another person can vote on behalf of the registered person, is 5pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015.
Forms can be downloaded at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk for a postal or proxy vote but the application cannot be completed online as a signature is required. Anyone without access to the internet can call the Elections Office who will send you out a form.