Still Time to Register for Postal or Proxy VotePublished Friday, 05 April 2019
Ribble Valley goes to the polls in borough and parish elections on Thursday 2 May, and voters unable to attend a polling station can vote by post or proxy.
Requests for a postal vote or to change an existing postal or proxy vote must be made to Ribble Valley Borough Council by 5pm on Monday 15 April.
The deadline for new applications to vote by proxy, except medical emergencies, is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.
Proxy votes allow people unable to attend a polling station, for example due to holiday, disability or military service, to appoint someone, who must be over 18 years old, a close relative and a registered elector, to vote on their behalf.
Proxy and postal voters must be a registered elector and provide their date of birth and signature, known as ‘personal identifiers’.
They are required to return a security statement with their completed ballot paper. The signature and date of birth provided on the statement is then checked against the personal identifiers on their application form, which helps to detect fraud.
Postal votes remain in separate sealed envelopes until the personal identifiers have been verified.
All seats on Ribble Valley Borough Council, apart from Bowland and Chipping, are being contested and there will be parish elections in Balderstone; Bolton-by-Bowland, Gisburn Forest and Sawley; Clayton-le-Dale, Mellor, Read, Salesbury; Slaidburn and Easington, as well as the Edisford and Low Moor; Littlemoor, Primrose, St Mary’s and Salthill wards of Clitheroe, and Derby in Longridge.
Further information about postal voting, including for prospective postal voters unable to provide a signature for any reason, is available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s elections team on 01200 414411.
A full list of candidates is available at Borough and Parish Elections 2019.
Check your poll card – some Ribble Valley wards have changed following a local government boundary review. Most of the changes are minor, such as a change in name, but several wards have been divided, some new wards created and the boundaries of others changed, meaning electors may be voting in a new ward and even at a new polling station, particularly in Clitheroe, East Whalley and Billington. Full details of the boundary changes including maps are available at Ribble Valley Ward Boundaies.