COPELAND’S residents will receive their polling cards this week ahead of three elections in May.
Residents will go to the polls on Thursday, May 2 to vote for a Directly Elected Mayor and 33 councillors to represent the borough. Elections may also be contested for a number of town/parish council seats.
Nominations are now open and the deadline for candidates’ completed forms is 4pm on Wednesday, April 3.
Pat Graham, Copeland Council’s Returning Officer, said: “Because this is the first election since the Local Government Boundary Commission reduced the number of councillors we have from 51 to 33, and re-drew our ward boundaries, we’re urging residents to check their polling card thoroughly.
“For many residents, the ward they are in, or even the name of the ward, will have altered since they last voted. There’s also a number of residents whose polling station will be different to one they have used in the past, so please pay particular attention to this once your polling cards arrive.”
All those who had registered to vote before March 1 will receive a polling card this week. All those who have registered since March 1 – or do so before the April 12 deadline – will receive a confirmation letter containing the same information as a polling card.
To register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before April 12.
To register for a proxy or postal vote, contact Copeland Council’s Elections team on 01946 598535, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download a form from www.yourvotematters.co.uk. The deadlines are 5pm on April 15 (postal votes) and 5pm on April 24 (proxy votes).
To view the Notice of Elections, visit www.copeland.gov.uk/section/elections. The list of candidates will be posted on this page on Thursday, April 4.