Register for postal and proxy votes ahead of council elections

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Residents who need a postal or proxy vote for Peterborough City Council’s elections next month are being urged to sign up to receive one.

The elections will take place on 5 May.

Most people living in the Peterborough City Council area, who will be 18 or over on polling day and are already on the electoral register, will be able to vote in the Police & Crime Commissioner, local and parish elections.

But it may be that you will be unable to get to your polling station - perhaps you will be away, or medical issues will prevent you attending in person. If so, you could apply for a postal or a proxy vote. To be able to vote by post or proxy you must first be registered to vote.

Postal and proxy vote application forms are available to download on the city council’s website, by calling the electoral services team on 01733 452249 or email electoral.services@peterborough.gov.uk.

After completing the form, you’ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to Peterborough City Council, Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services, Bridge Street, Town Hall, Peterborough, PE1 1GF.

You need to sign your application form personally because the electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for voting security reasons. This helps to ensure the security of your vote and is used to tackle electoral fraud.

People can also visit the Town Hall in Bridge Street, Peterborough to register.

The deadline to register to vote is 18 April 2016. The fastest way to do this is by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

New applications to vote by post, or cancel or change an existing postal vote, must be made by 19 April 2016 at 5pm. Applications to vote by proxy must be made by 26 April 2016 at 5pm.

All 60 seats in 22 wards will be contested in Peterborough City Council elections on Thursday 5 May 2016. Voters will also elect the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire. In addition, certain parish council elections will take place.