Still Time to Register for Postal or Proxy VotePublished Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Ribble Valley goes to the polls in Parliamentary, borough and parish elections on Thursday 7 May, and voters unable to attend a polling station can apply to 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 Tuesday, April 21.
The deadline for new applications to vote by proxy, except medical emergencies, is 5pm on Tuesday, April 28.
Proxy votes are available to people unable to attend a polling station, for example due to holiday, disability or military service. Proxy voters are able to appoint someone, who must be over 18 years old, a close relative and a registered elector, to vote on their behalf.
Postal and proxy voters must now provide their date of birth and signature, known as “personal identifiers.” They must be a registered elector and will be required to return a security statement with their completed ballot paper. The signature and date of birth provided on the statement will then be 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.
Prospective postal voters unable to provide a signature for any reason may be granted an exemption from the new arrangements and should contact Ribble Valley Borough Council’s elections team for guidance.
Emergency proxy votes are available until 7pm on Election Day for medical reasons only.
The Ribble Valley Parliamentary election has attracted eight candidates standing for the Conservative Party, Labour Party, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Independent Political Alliance Party, Green Party, Liberal Democrats and two as Independents.
All seats on Ribble Valley Borough Council, apart from two in Waddington and West Bradford, are being contested. There will also be parish elections in Clitheroe, Longridge (Dilworth and Derby wards), Gisburn, the Sawley and Gisburn Forest wards of Bolton-by-Bowland, Gisburn Forest and Sawley and the Rimington ward of Rimington and Middop.
A full list of candidates and polling stations is available at ribblevalley.gov.uk.
Further details about postal or proxy voting are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s elections team on 01200 414411.