Postal voting packs for the general and local elections have now been dispatched for those residents who have chosen to vote in this way.
Postal voting is a method whereby instead of voting at a polling station a ballot paper and postal voting statement is sent to an elector, who completes the documents before sending them by post to the constituency Returning Officer. Ballot papers will need to arrive before the close of the poll – 10pm on Thursday 7 May – to be counted.
Electors who spoil or lose their ballot paper should contact the relevant local Elections Office as soon as possible. Replacements can be provided up to 5pm on election day.
Should it be too late to post ballot papers back, electors can hand them in to their local Elections Office or local polling station by 10pm on Thursday 7 May.
Any electors who have chosen to vote by post, but has not received their postal voting pack by Thursday 30 April should contact the appropriate local Elections Office on:
Parliamentary ballot papers
Skipton and Ripon constituency on 01756 706224.
Selby and Ainsty constituency on 01757 705101.
Local council elections
Harrogate Borough Council and parish councils on 01423 500600.
Wallace Sampson Electoral Registration Officer at Harrogate Borough Council said: “Postal voting ensures electors who are unable to attend a polling station in person are still able to have their say on who they would like to represent them both in parliament and at their local authority. It is important that anyone who has chosen this means of voting in the elections returns their ballot papers in plenty of time so that their vote counts. If a voter’s postal voting pack has not arrived by Thursday 30 April I would encourage them to contact the relevant local Elections Office so that they are able to make their vote”.
Further details on the elections can be found at: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/elec/Pages/Elections-2015.aspx