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Emergency Votes on Polling Day

Published Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Ribble Valley goes to the polls in European elections on Thursday 22 May.

And the deadline for the re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes or proxy votes on the grounds of medical emergency is 5.00pm on polling day.

Eleven political parties will contest elections to choose the North West’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Electors will have received poll cards giving the location of their polling station.

Polling stations will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm and all eligible registered electors will be able to cast their vote in person.

Once inside the polling station, voters are asked to tell staff their name and address, so that their details can be checked against the electoral register. Voters will then be given a ballot paper listing the parties standing for election. They are asked to take the ballot paper to a polling booth, mark a cross (X) in the box to the right of the name of the party they want to vote for, fold the ballot paper and put it in the ballot box.

European parliamentary elections are the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, with over 400 million people expected to cast a vote.

The 751 MEPs will set the course of European policy for the next five years and elect the leader of the European Union's executive body, the European Commission.

Emergency proxy votes are available for medical emergencies or anyone called away for employment reasons at the last minute. Anyone needing to replace a spoilt postal vote is required to bring their ballot pack into the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s elections team on 01200 414411.

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