Bolton Council is reminding residents that the deadline for applying for a postal vote for this year's elections and the alternative vote referendum is 5pm on 14th April.
The postal vote applications must be posted to the Elections Office in the Town Hall or in the Applications Box at the One Stop Shop Reception in the Town Hall by this time and date.
Voters go to the polls on Thursday 5th May and candidates will be fighting for 21 Bolton Council seats, as two seats will be up for election in Horwich North East. People who apply for postal votes will start to receive their votes from 19th April and have up until 10pm on Thursday 5th May to return them to the council, either by post or delivering them to the council or a polling station.
No reason need be given as to why an elector requires a postal vote, but they can be useful for a variety of situations including for those not in the area on the day of the election or for those unable to visit a polling station due to disability or illness.
Application for a postal vote must be made in writing and a form for applying can be found on the council's website on the link to the right.
The council is also reminding those who are not on the electoral register but want to vote in this year’s election that the final date to apply to be on the register is also 14 April. Anyone who wants to have their name added to the register must fill in a voter registration form, also available on the council’s website and the council will then confirm when your name is added to the register. If you’ve moved house, the council will also tell the Electoral Registration Officer for your old address that you have moved, so that your name can be removed from that register.
Both postal and normal ballot papers will be posted on 18th April, but if people have not received them by 26th April, they should contact the elections office. Voters should remember to post their votes in good time as votes must be received by 10pm on 5th May 2011.