Residents unable to cast their vote in person at the forthcoming elections can apply for a postal or a proxy vote.
To be able to vote by post you must first be registered to vote.
Postal vote application forms are available to download on the city council’s website at www.peterborough.gov.uk or by calling 01733 452249.
After completion, the form will need to be printed, signed and sent back to Peterborough City Council, Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services, Bridge Street, Town Hall, Peterborough, PE1 1GF.
The form needs to be signed personally because the electoral registration office needs a copy of the signature for voting security reasons.
Voting by proxy means you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.
It can be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on election day, or if you are abroad during an election.
Another example is if you are overseas in a country too far away to send back a postal vote in time for the election e.g. if you are in the Armed Forces and deployed overseas.
You can apply for a proxy vote if:
. You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example if you are away on holiday.
. You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day.
. Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day.
. Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day.
. You are a British citizen living overseas.
. You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
With the exception of those who are registered blind you may have to get someone to support your application to confirm that your reason for applying to vote by proxy is valid.
To vote by proxy, fill in an application form which you can download from the council’s website or call 01733 452249.
The form will need to be completed, signed personally and returned to the council.
Twenty seats in 19 wards will be contested in the council elections on Thursday, May 7, as well as parliamentary elections.
The deadline to submit new applications to vote is April 20.
New applications to vote by post, or cancel or change an existing postal vote, must be made by April 21 at 5pm.
Applications to vote by proxy must be made by April 28 at 5pm.